ATTENTION! - Phishing is getting UNREAL!

By
Real Estate Agent with Realty Professionals, Inc.

Phishing (pronounced "fishing") is getting unreal!  I get a lot of e-mail and if you didn't know what to look for, you could get scammed into giving your information.

THIS IS A COPY OF THE E-MAIL THAT I RECEIVED THIS MORNING.  IT LOOKS VERY REAL!   DO NOT REPLY TO THIS E-MAIL. 

DO NOT CLICK ON THE LINK IN THE BOX BELOW, YOU CAN WAVE YOUR MOUSE OVER IT AND IT WILL SHOW YOU AT THE BOTTOM OF YOUR BROWSER WHERE IT WILL SEND YOU.  I DID CLICK ON IT AND MY VIRUS PROGRAM SHUT IT DOWN AFTER IT OPENED.

After the last annual calculations of your fiscal activity we have determined that you are eligible to receive a tax refund of $109.30. Please submit the tax refund request and allow us 6-9 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

Regards,
Internal Revenue Service

  © Copyright 2009, Internal Revenue Service U.S.A..

REMEMBER!  NEVER give your social security number out over the internet!  If they are contacting you like this message ABOVE is doing, then they should already have it. 

Also, never give out credit card information, your login & passwordsover the internet unless you go to that site and was not directed to there like this e-mail has.  If you do go to the site, make sure it has in the url address https: Most of the time, this will let you know that it is a secure site.  I was directed to a site a few weeks ago from an e-mail and it was to a https site and I noticed they added an extra character in the name LIKE (I don't remember the site and this is just an illustration) https://www.ebay.com to https://www.ebays.com be very careful in today's teckie world.  I shut the page down and deleted the e-mail. 

Also, if you get an e-mail and you don't recognize the sender, it is usually best to delete it.  Sometimes though, I get e-mails and I didn't know who it was and it was a real customer.  (Being in the real estate business though, this should happen a lot)  Before opening it, I;ll right click on the senders name and see if is a real person.  You can put a different name to appear in the e-mail than the actual e-mail address of the sender.  So be very careful out there.

I hope this helps you!  You need to be very cautious these days and times!  If you are still troubled on what to do, make a phone call to the requesting party.  If it is real, and everything on the e-mail looks real and the link I went to looked very real, it should have a phone number to call. 

I am a Realtor in Searcy, Arkansas and I sell new homes, existing homes, commercial property, farms and land as well as manage and own rental properties. If you are looking for real estate for an investment or a home, I will be glad to assist you! You can call my personal cell number at 501-278-7659 or e-mail me at Larry@Searcy4Sale.com. Visit my website at http://www.searcy4sale.com

Comments (6)

Loren Johnson
White Bear Lake, MN
CMPS

Interesting...if not for the bad grammar in the 2nd paragraph, it may have caught me! Thqanks for alerting me...and your readers...to this!

Jan 21, 2009 03:45 AM
Michael Wayne Jackson
Coldwell Banker - Novato, CA
Broker - Seniors Real Estate Specialist Novato

This one looks very real Larry. If the IRS wants to send us money it would be sent in the mail right?

Jan 21, 2009 03:57 AM
Mary PAUL, ABR, CRS,GRI, e-PRO,
RE/MAX Advantage Realtors, Searcy, AR - Searcy, AR

Larry,

Great post and I agree you have to watch your emails.  IRS will contact you by mail.

Jan 21, 2009 04:30 AM
Mark Brian
Silver Star Real Estate LLC - Anderson, SC
Anderson SC Realtor

It is a shame the lengths some criminals go to. And it is even sadder that we keep hearing stories of people falling for Nigerian Email Frauds and other scams that most people should be aware of. I think people ignore their own good common sense because they want sooo badly whatever the scam email is telling them to be true.

I bet I could pay off the national debt several times with all the money I have been offered from scam emails!

Jan 21, 2009 04:38 AM
Donna Schoby
Liberty Bank of Arkansas - Bentonville, AR

I HATE this,  I got one for my PayPal account. Looked real...but it wasn't.  I have to remind my teenage kids about this also.  Thanks for the reminder.

Jan 21, 2009 08:50 AM
Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Larry, the IRS said I could get $189. back!  I didn't fall for it.  I am also not willing to open those forwarded things from friends where they say that it is really funny and you should watch it.  They must think I'm a prude for sure.

Jan 23, 2009 12:39 AM