State Department of Revenue warning of e-mail scam
Published 8:43 pm Wednesday, January 28, 2009
MONTGOMERY — The state Department of Revenue is warning people about an e-mail scam that tells taxpayers they are due an Alabama income tax refund.
Taxpayers are asked to click on a link provided in the e-mail and complete a “refund form.” Revenue officials advised residents Wednesday not to reply if they receive an e-mail from someone claiming to represent the department and seeking personal or financial information.
The department said it does not send unsolicited e-mails concerning tax information.
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It also warned against providing personal or financial information such as bank account numbers, credit card PIN numbers or passwords.
Opening any suspicious e-mails or any links or attachments could allow a malicious code to infect the user’s computer, the ADOR said.
“Taxpayers should always use extreme caution when they receive unsolicited e-mails from any source, especially those seeking any type of personal or financial information,” said Tim Russell, state revenue commissioner.