Bogus IRS email promises $15,000 in tax refund

OLATHE, Kan. - We hear the warnings all the time: emails hit inboxes posing to be from the IRS, promising tax refunds or asking questions aimed at stealing your information.

Robert Runkle of Olathe, Kan., just got one.  It states:

"IRS.GOV - 770

This  is  to  inform  you  that  we  have  sent  your  tax  refund  payment  of $15,000 USD  to  FedEx  Express  via  certified Cashier Cheque.

The Cheque  will  be  delivered  to  you  by  FedEx Express."

"I was hopeful. I was reluctant to think that was going to happen. I have not received a FexEx package," Runkle said when he contacted Call for Action.

The IRS has issued alerts to taxpayers not to fall for these types of scams.  The agency's website reports receiving thousands of complaints each year about phishing scams.

"The IRS does not initiate taxpayer communications through e-mail and won't send a message about your tax account," the alert said.

If you receive a suspicious email, the IRS says to report it to them at 1-800-829-1040 to determine if the agency has a legitimate need to contact you.

Runkle reported the email to the IRS.

"If it looks suspicious to you or does not sound right, it is probably not right," Runkle said.

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