“Non-Resident Alien” Emails Claim to be from the IRS

December 03, 2008

For more information, contact your local Better Business Bureau:
BBB Serving Denver/Boulder – Jean Herman 303.996.3961 (office)

“Non-Resident Alien” Emails Claim to be from the IRS

Don’t respond to emails on non-resident alien status, says BBB

Denver, CO – December 1, 2008 – The Better Business Bureau Serving Denver/Boulder is warning the public about new scam E-mails that state “Our records indicate that you are a non-resident alien.” Several samples of the email have been sent to the BBB info E-mail inbox.

The email reads:

From: Internal Revenue Service [mailto:nonereply@irs.gov]

Subject: please see the attachment

Please see the attachment and send fax to: 1-646-731-6884.

The attachment is an official-looking letter from either “Steven Jobs” or “Laura Stevens” of the IRS Public Relations Department. The letter has the official IRS logo and informs the recipient that they are required to fill out the two forms that are attached and fax back to one of two numbers: 646-403-4499 or 646-731-6884.

“This appears to be a phishing attempt to gather personal information for identity theft,” says Jean Herman, President of the Better Business Bureau Serving Denver/Boulder.

The www.irs.gov website reveals these helpful tips for anyone receiving such a scam E-mail:

  • The IRS does not initiate taxpayer communications through E-mail.
  • The IRS does not send E-mails requesting PIN numbers, passwords or similar access information for credit cards, banks or financial accounts.
  • The IRS does not request detailed personal information through E-mail.

If you receive an E-mail from someone claiming to be from the IRS or directing you to an IRS site, do not reply. Do not open any attachments, as they may contain viruses and infect your computer. Do not click on links.

To report E-mail scams, phishing scams and fake IRS Web sites, please forward the E-mail or Web site URL to the IRS at phishing@irs.gov You can also forward other suspicious E-mails to the Federal Trade Commission at: spam@uce.gov or call them at 877-438-4338.

It is important to include as much of the message as you possibly can, including the internet header of the E-mail. This header has additional information to help locate the sender. After forwarding to the proper authorities, delete the message.

Individuals can also report misuse of the IRS name, logo and forms to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 800-366-4484.

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Your Better Business Bureau Serving Denver/Boulder can be found on the web denver.bbb.org.