Refund Scam - Exempt Organizations
The IRS wants the public to be aware of a refund-related bogus e-mail that appears to be directed at tax-exempt organizations that distribute funds to other organizations or individuals. The e-mail contains the supposed name of the Director of the IRS’s Exempt Organizations business division.
The e-mail falsely tells the recipient that it is eligible for a tax refund for a specific amount, and instructs the recipient to click on a link in the e-mail to access a refund claim form. The form asks the recipient to enter personal information that the scamsters can then use to access the e-mail recipient’s bank or credit card account.
This e-mail is a phony. The IRS does not send unsolicited e-mail about tax account matters to tax-exempt or other taxpayers.
Filing a tax return is the only way to apply for a tax refund; there is no separate application form. The only official IRS Web site is located here at www.irs.gov.
Protect Yourself from Suspicious E-Mails or Phishing Schemes
Page Last Reviewed or Updated: January 26, 2009