You’d have to be a real early bird to be expecting your income tax return in the United States already. And yet, we’ve begun to see phishing scams that appear to come from firstname.lastname@example.org and offer links where you can check the status of your return.
The message uses language straight from the IRS website and goes something like this:
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.
To get to your refund status, you’ll need to provide the following information as shown on your return:
Your first and last name Your Social Security Number (or IRS Individual Taxpayer Identification Number) Your Credit Card Information (for the successful complete of the process)
This email is a scam. Don’t respond and don’t send them any personal information.
Here are several common scam techniques that this message and others might use:
If you receive a message like this, delete it or report it. Learn more about how to recognize, avoid, and report scams like this one.
Nice heads up. You probably just saved tons of unknowing users the trouble of getting their information stolen.