Monday, January 12, 2009

Economic Stimulus Payment Scam

This comes from The HoboBrasser, who can be relied upon to know a scam when he sees one:

From: Internal Revenue Service []
Sent: Monday, January 12, 2009 8:16 AM
Subject: Please submit your Stimulus Payment form

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 document attached to your email.

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

If you receive an email similar to this one, it is a good idea to NOT reply to it.

And for goodness sake, don't click on the psuedo-link (which has been de-activated) with the expectation of getting free money from the Federal Government!

Remember the old canard: "We're from the Government, and we're here to help you."

Any time you hear that phrase, or a variation of it (see above), your best chance is to run, don't walk, to the nearest exit.

It's a lie.

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