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Yet another scam


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>
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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PFG, Picture Framing God
Richard, that describes my business to a T, although it wasn't intended that way!


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.


PFG, Picture Framing God
Richard, that describes my business to a T, although it wasn't intended that way!
LOL! Many of us are feeling that way these days, Paul.
OK, I'm off to work now to make the big bucks.


PFG, Picture Framing God
Paul, I think he meant the link in my posting, and thanks, Wally.


Angry Badger
Right, and Right.

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


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.


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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