For Immediate Release
January 27, 2009
Senior Assistant Attorney General Lauren J. Noether
Attorney General Kelly Ayotte reminds consumers during tax season to be aware of stimulus and tax return scams. These scams have been originating via e-mail and request personal information including bank account numbers, passwords, social security numbers and personal identification numbers. The e-mail purports to be from the Internal Revenue Service with the subject line:
Economic Stimulus Payment Online Form
The body of the e-mail reads as follows:
After the last annual calculations of your fiscal activity we have determined that you are eligible to receive a Stimulus Payment. Please submit the Stimulus Payment Online Form in order to process it.
A Stimulus Payment can be delayed for a variety of reasons. For example submitting invalid records or applying after the deadline.
To submit your Stimulus Payment form, please download the attached document.
Note: If filing or preparation fees were deducted from your 2007 Refund or you received a refund anticipation loan, you will be receiving a check instead of a direct deposit.
Internal Revenue Service
This is a scam, do not respond. Do not provide personal or financial information.
In this particularly difficult economic environment, General Ayotte warns consumers to pay very close attention to all mail and e-mail they receive claiming that they have, in some fashion, earned a financial reimbursement or award from any source.
The Internal Revenue Service does not ask for detailed personal information by e-mail, General Ayotte emphasized. "Scam artists can reproduce the IRS insignia perfectly, so you cannot rely on the official looking appearance of the e-mail," she said. General Ayotte strongly encourages citizens to visit the Internal Revenue Service Web site dedicated to recognizing bogus IRS phishing e-mails. This is located at www.irs.gov/privacy. "Consumers should be alert about receiving mail or e-mails similar to this from other governmental or private agencies that appear genuine." Consumers are urged to place an independent call to the legitimate agency or company, preferably to its local office, to confirm whether the e-mail originated from the legitimate agency.
If you, or a family member or friend, question the authenticity of any e-mail or mail offer, please contact the NH Attorney General's Office, Consumer Protection & Antitrust Bureau, 33 Capitol Street, Concord, NH 03301. You can reach us by calling (603) 271-3641 or toll-free in New Hampshire at 1-888-468-4454, TDD 1-800-735-2964.
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