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Question: This e-mail appeared in my in-box and I want to verify whether or not it’s legitimate. The language seems off and I don’t know any reason the IRS would suddenly send such an email. The form asks for the last 4 digits of SSN, and other personal information.
It was sent by: “Internal Revenue Service”
After the last annual calculations of your fiscal activity we have determined that you are eligible to receive a tax refund of $340.60.
Please submit the tax refund request and allow us 3-9 days in order to process it.
A refund can be delayed for a variety of reasons. For example submitting invalid records or applying after the deadline.
To access the form for your tax refund, please click here.”
Answer: DO NOT ANSWER THE EMAIL. SPIKE IT. The email is a scam. Period.
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