Trick or Treat?……..Trick!
I did a post about this a few months ago…but I wanted to touch base with it again. I actually received one of these via e-mail this morning! I want to remind everyone about these scam companies sending out false e-mails about IRS stimulus checks.
It Looks Legit!
Usually the e-mail looks pretty legitimate. It says Internal Revenue Service at the top and then explains that you are owed a certain sum (mine said $625.00). Then it will say “click here to register so that you can get your stimulus check.” There’s even a Copyright at the bottom of the page that says IRS!
If you click on the link it will take you to a very well made “mock-up page.” It will have all the logos and links as www.irs.gov. But keep in mind…it is NOT! Some dead giveaways are looking at the top address bar. If there are a slew of numbers before the address…it’s a phony website. You can also double-check it by clicking around the other links on the page. Usually, fake websites links just reload the current page, or bring you to a Not Found page.
It’s a Trap!
It’s important to remember these clues because if you take the next step by clicking, the site will ask you for your Social Security number and other personal information. Don’t fall into the trap! Remember, the IRS does NOT send out personalized e-mails. If you have questions about your check…just call 1-866-234-2942.
Today’s Question: What do you think may happen to the economy if the $700 Billion Dollar Bailout is not passed this week?
Now you have the Smoking Gun…Use It!