The Alabama Department of Revenue has alerted taxpayers of an e-mail scam in which taxpayers are reportedly advised by the Department that they are due an Alabama income tax refund. In the e-mail communication, taxpayers are asked to click on a link provided in the e-mail and complete a “refund form.” The Department advises that if a person receives an e-mail from someone claiming to represent the State and are seeking personal or financial information they should not reply. The Revenue department doesn’t initiate taxpayer communications through e-mail.
Taxpayers were strongly cautioned not to open any suspicious e-mails or open any links. Links or attachments contained in the suspicious e-mail could contain malicious code that would infect the taxpayers’ computers. Folks shouldn’t open any attachments, nor should they click on any links, and most important of all, shouldn’t provide any personal or financial information such as bank account numbers, credit card PIN numbers, or account passwords. State Revenue Commissioner Tim Russell had this warning:
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.
If you want more information, you can contact: the Revenue Department’s Media Affairs Office: Carla A. Snellgrove or Carolyn Blackstock: (334) 242-1390; fax: (334) 242-0550; website address: www.revenue.alabama.gov.
Source: Alabama Fusion Center Information Bulletin
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