Another Example of a Tax Scam E-Mail

A client forwarded me the following e-mail they received from the “IRS.” I should note that this e-mail is copied and pasted directly from the e-mail, so all of the weird font issues (such as needing a magnifying glass to read the last line) were present in the original e-mail.


Claim Your Tax Refund Online

We identified an error in the calculation of your tax from the last payment, amounting to $ 419.95. In order for us to return the excess payment, you need to create a e-Refund account after which the funds will be credited to your specified bank account.
Please click “Get Started” below to claim your refund:

Get Started

We are here to ensure the correct tax is paid at the right time, whether this relates to payment of taxes received by the department or entitlement to benefits paid.


In the actual e-mail, the words “Get Started” contained a link that almost certainly would download something undesirable to your computer.

Obviously this is a scam/spam e-mail. As I told the client, the IRS never corresponds with taxpayers by e-mail. So if you get an e-mail like this from the “IRS,” the IRS didn’t send it.