How many errors can you find with this “notification” I got in e-mail?
Other clues it’s a hoax:
- The U.S. Internal Revenue Service is a division of the Treasury Department, not the other way around as the missive contends
- “Treasury Department” should be capitalized, but is not in the notice
- Were there VAT refunds, law would require they be made on all purchases, not just credit card purchases; there is obvious phishing here to get your credit card account number
- IRS does not send notifications through e-mail nor ask for such information through e-mail
- An order for a refund could come from Congress, or possibly from the President; if from Congress, the law would be cited; if from the president, the president would take credit
- There is no personal information contained in the greeting; when IRS sends you money, or asks money from you, they use your name on the form
- There is no “.gov” address, either in the sending address, nor in the address to which suckers are asked to send their private information; “All IRS.gov Web page addresses begin with, http://www.irs.gov/“
- If you made a transaction in which the IRS got paid, and you are now owed a refund, the IRS would contact only those who made such a transaction, not a few million “undisclosed recipients” through e-mail
What other clues do you see that this missive is false?