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REFUND STATUS SCAM

The Internal Revenue Service today confirmed that an e-mail purporting to be from the IRS is part of a scam designed to trick users into revealing their personal information, including Social Security and credit card numbers.

The subject line of the e-mail, reads "Refund Notice!" and claims to be from "refund@irs.gov."
A portion of the e-mail reads, "You filed your tax return and you're expecting a refund. You have just one question and you want the answer now -- Where's My Refund? Access this secure Web site to find out if the IRS received your return and whether your refund was processed and sent to you. New program enhancements allow you to begin a refund trace online if you have not received your check within 28 days from the original IRS mailing date."

The e-mail goes on to ask for the recipient's name, Social Security and credit-card information.
IRS does not ask for personally identifying or financial information via unsolicited e-mail.

Vermont Department of Taxes, 133 State Street, Montpelier, Vermont 05633-1401