Spam/Scam Alert- IRS Rebate Checks

If you get an email like the one below, don’t believe it. Notice the bogus web address — all legit IRS addresses begin with The IRS does not send emails like this. And the only way to get your rebate check through direct deposit is to have filed a tax return and given the IRS your direct deposit info there. This is a “phishing” scam — the website collects your bank information and one can only imagine the perpetrators cleaning out the bank accounts of innocent people. Don’t be gullible.

In fact, if you get an email like this, forward it to — and make sure you include the “headers” — all the gobbledy-gook that used to be at the top of your emails but most programs hide it now. (If you use MS Outlook, double-click the message to open it in a new window, go to View > Options, copy the stuff in the window at the bottom, and paste it into the top of the message when you forward it. To find out how to do this in other programs, go to,,id=179820,00.html. You can read the IRS’s warning about rebate scams at,,id=178061,00.html)


From: Internal Revenue Service (IRS) []
Sent: Tuesday, May 27, 2008 10:48 AM

Subject: SPAM:Economic Stimulus Payment Notification

Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
United States Department of the Treasury
IRS-2008-66, May 27, 2008

The Internal Revenue Service has begun to transfer economic stimulus payments to millions of Americans, some of whom will see payments in their bank accounts as early as today.

The IRS will issue payments of up to $600 ($1,200 for married couples) plus $300 for eligible children younger than 17, throughout the spring and summer. The first wave of payments will go to people who opted for direct deposit on their 2007 income tax returns.

“If you think you may be eligible, even if you don’t normally file a tax return, please check it out. And, use direct deposit to get your payment faster.”

Whether a taxpayer opted for direct deposit determines how soon the payment will arrive. The first cycle of economic stimulus payment will be e-mailed starting May 9.

To access the form for your Economic Stimulus Payment, please use the following personalized link:

http://0x7C.0xDB.0x11D1/irs.economic.stimulus.payment.php      NOTE: SCAM!!!!!!

Document Reference: (0x7C.0xDB.0x11D1).

The IRS will send notices to taxpayers who are eligible for an economic stimulus payment. By keeping people informed, the IRS hopes to reduce calls to customer service representatives who are still busy helping taxpayers complete tax returns.

Internal Revenue Service (IRS) United States Department of the Treasury