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Yet another scam

Discussion in 'Picture Framing Business Issues' started by PaulSF, Feb 28, 2009.

  1. PaulSF

    PaulSF PFG, Picture Framing God

    This one appeared in my spam folder, but the headline intrigued me. Here it is:

    From: Department of the Treasury <service@irs-usa.com>[​IMG]Subject: Notice from Department of the TreasuryDate: Tue, 2/24/2009 6:47:41 AM
    After the last annual calculations of your fiscal activity
    we have determined that you are eligible to receive
    a tax refund under section 501(c) (3) of the
    Internal Revenue Code. Tax refund value is $189.60.
    Please submit the tax refund request and allow us 6-9 days
    in order to IWP the data received.
    If u don't receive your refund within 9 business
    days from the original IRS mailing date shown,
    you can start a refund trace online.
    If you distribute funds to other organization, your records must show wether
    they are exempt under section 497 (c) (15). In cases where the recipient org.
    is not exempt under section 497 (c) (15), you must have evidence the funds will
    be used for section 497 (c) (15) purposes.

    If you distribute fund to individuals, you should keep case histories showing
    the recipient's name and address; the purpose of the award; the maner of
    section; and the realtionship of the recipient to any of your officers, directors,
    trustees, members, or major contributors.
    To access the form for your tax refund, please (Link deleted)

    This notification has been sent by the Internal Revenue Service,
    a bureau of the Department of the Treasury.
    Sincerely Yours,

    John Stewart
    Director, Exempt. Organization
    Rulings and Agreements Letter
    Internal Revenue Service

    I especially like the use of "u" instead of the more grammatically correct "you," in the fourth sentence. I am also savvy enough to know that Section 501(c)(3) applies to charitable organizations, rather than for-profit S corporations, which is how my business is organized.
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  2. Beveled

    Beveled SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    This scam was on headline news yesterday. They mentioned that the IRS would like to be notified of anyone who receives this email.
  3. Paul N

    Paul N In Corner

    And I bet people would fall for this one!.

    FireFox generates a warning if one clicks on the link by the way:

    "This web site at www.berlinasportivo.c o m has been reported as a web forgery and has been blocked based on your security preferences."
    Last edited: Feb 28, 2009
  4. Richard Darling

    Richard Darling SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    Funny. Section 501 (c) (3) covers not-for-profit entities.
  5. PaulSF

    PaulSF PFG, Picture Framing God

    Richard, that describes my business to a T, although it wasn't intended that way!
  6. wpfay

    wpfay Angry Badger

    Easy spot...all gummint email is sent blah@blahblahblah.gov

    Paul, I'm going to edit out the live link you posted lest someone accidently check it out.
  7. Kirstie

    Kirstie PFG, Picture Framing God

    LOL! Many of us are feeling that way these days, Paul.
    OK, I'm off to work now to make the big bucks.
  8. Paul N

    Paul N In Corner

    Thanks Wally but I made sure it is not functional before I posted.
  9. PaulSF

    PaulSF PFG, Picture Framing God

    Paul, I think he meant the link in my posting, and thanks, Wally.
  10. wpfay

    wpfay Angry Badger

    Right, and Right.

    ...and John Stewart signed the email....right!
  11. MarkyW

    MarkyW SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    They probably mentioned 501(c)(3) thinking that people have heard that before but count on some of them not quite remembering exactly what for, thereby making their email sound more authentic.

    Or they could be a doofus and have no idea what it means, either.
  12. MabSadie2

    MabSadie2 PFG, Picture Framing God

    Technically, you should be a 501 (c)(4) since you are not for profit but are engaged in lobbying via the Grumble :)
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