Have you received an e-mail with the subject line, “US Tax Court Notification #_______”?
I did. Just today. Here’s what the body of the message says:
U.S. Tax Court ext#5693874
We inform you that you were suspected in violating of the U.S Federal law under “Title 26 USC § 7201 – Attempt to evade or defeat tax”.
Related hearing will be held on 06/17 at 2:30PM in courtroom 6B. Case number is 228-157660.
In case you or your representative are not able to face the court on the mentioned day, please inform us by responding to current letter with the reason for abscence. The response has to be sent not later than 10 workdays before the day of hearing.
List of documents you have to provide in court and further information can be found in an attached file.
Chief Secretary Prosecutor,
401 Second Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20217
If you have received such an e-mail, SEND IT TO YOUR SPAM IMMEDIATELY, AND FOR GOODNESS’ SAKE, DON’T CLICK ON THE DOWNLOAD NOTIFICATION LINK.
My first reaction to the e-mail was, of course, alarm. But a second later, my rational intelligence kicked in.
First of all, J and I have always done our taxes using H&R Block online, and have never had any problems, and have always paid what we owed. Including this year.
Second of all, if the IRS needs to contact you, they will send a snail-mail letter.
Third, check out the misspelling of the word “absence.” Uh-huh. Don’t you think a letter from the IRS would be void of such obvious errors?
Fourth, 6/17 this year is a Saturday. As far as I know (and I’ve served on a couple of juries), judges and lawyers have Saturdays off. At least in the courtroom. Also, 6/17 just happened to be the day just after I received this e-mail. So much for the ability to reply within 10 workdays!
Fifth, why am I not addressed by name at the beginning of the e-mail? phishy phishy phishy…
Sixth, check out the sender: firstname.lastname@example.org eugene.dreamhost.com
Yeah, right. That sounds like an official address from a government office, doesn’t it?
Why is this jerk sending out these e-mails? One of two reasons. Either to capture your e-mail address when you send a panicked reply, or to give your computer a virus when you click on the link.
Don’t click on the link, and don’t reply. And no matter how Libertarian you are, pay your taxes on time. That way it will be very hard for you to fall for crap like this.
PS – You might want to read this scam warning from the IRS, while you’re at it.