(CBS- New York)
A warning for anybody getting ready to file their taxes or who may be waiting for their return. A new e-mail scam is aimed at robbing you of your hard-earned cash.
It is a sophisticated ploy and even the savviest taxpayers are falling for it.
All that it takes is the click of a mouse. Taxpayers are led to believe that they are connecting to the IRS website, but it’s really an e-mail from scammers.
Nervous taxpayers may think that if they ignore the e-mail they will be in trouble with the IRS.
“I think if you ignored it you’d be in bigger trouble than if you didn’t open it,” says Barry Friedman of Washington Heights.
The Better Business Bureau is warning taxpayers to be aware of a host of new e-mail scams.
A spokesperson for the Bureau explained that the scam “tries to hook you before you think.”
The scam comes in the form of an e-mail saying “you are entitled to a tax refund”, it looks like the real thing with the IRS logo and graphics.
The subject line says “IRS Notification Please Read This.” The e-mail goes on to say “To access the form for your tax refund please click here.”
It’s when readers decide to “click here” that the trouble begins.
Once you click the scammers win, they have access to your computer and can infect it with software to steal your information.
The Better Business Bureau says the phishing scam “goes in there and seeks out your passwords, your bank account information.