A client forwarded me the following e-mail they received from the “IRS.” I should note that this e-mail is copied and pasted directly from the e-mail, so all of the weird font issues (such as needing a magnifying glass to read the last line) were present in the original e-mail.
We identified an error in the calculation of your tax from the last payment, amounting to $ 419.95. In order for us to return the excess payment, you need to create a e-Refund account after which the funds will be credited to your specified bank account.Please click “Get Started” below to claim your refund:
In the actual e-mail, the words “Get Started” contained a link that almost certainly would download something undesirable to your computer.
Obviously this is a scam/spam e-mail. As I told the client, the IRS never corresponds with taxpayers by e-mail. So if you get an e-mail like this from the “IRS,” the IRS didn’t send it.
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