Has anyone heard of this and is it real or a phishing scam?

Below is a copy of an email i received, has anyone heard of this???

Internal Revenue Service" <refunds@sdc.qai.irs.gov>

Subject: Notification of your Tax Refund!

Date: Wed, 12 Mar 2008 09:51:42 -0700

> Notification of your Tax Refund!

> After the last annual calculations of your fiscal activity we have determined that you are eligible to receive a tax refund of $99.23.

>A refund can be delayed for a variety of reasons.

For example submitting invalid records or applying after the deadline.

> Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your patience.

> To access the form for your tax refund click the link below:

https://sa1.www4.irs.gov/irfof/lang/en/irfofgetsta...

> Note: For security reasons, we will record your ip-address, the date and time.

Deliberate wrong inputs are criminally pursued and indicated.

Regards,

Internal Revenue Service

© Copyright 2008 - Internal Revenue Service U.S.A.

Update:

This really sucks, because i allready sent the info through what i thought was the official site. Good thing it is a prepaid card and there is nothing on it at the moment i guess

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  • Lisa
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago
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    https://sa2.www4.irs.gov/irfof/lang/en/irfofgetsta... This is the link I got directly from the IRS site. It looks identical except what I see in the address from IRS starts with sa2, the link you show begins with sa1. Seems suspicious to me.

    Don't ever click on links you receive in emails. Go directly to the site and input your info from there. It's not worth taking a chance!!

  • 1 decade ago

    It's definitely a scam. Don't click on anything in an email you have never received before. The IRS sends communications through postal mail, NOT via e-mail.

    From the IRS:

    http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,i..

    http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/fss8.pdf....

    http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f8919.pdf

    How to Report Abusive CPAs, Attorneys or Enrolled Agents:

    Report suspicious actions by tax professionals to the email address of the IRS Office of Professional Responsibility.

    opr@irs.gov

    Report all unsolicted e-mails purporting to be from the IRS: phishing@irs.gov

  • Judy
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Definitely a scam. And yes, I've seen this - most recently, last week a non-profit I work with had the same scam in THEIR email - pretty tricky since they don't even pay taxes.

    The IRS will never make an initial contact with you by email, so if you get something claiming to be from them, it isn't.

  • 1 decade ago

    That is phishing spam. The IRS DOES NOT conduct business by e-mail. While employees do have and they do use e-mail, it's not for discussing official business with outside entities.

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  • 1 decade ago

    The IRS does not send unsolicited emails, but strangely, the link is the IRS "Where's My Refund?" website.

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