Scammers Taking Advantage Of New Federal
Economic Stimulus Package
Texas Attorney General
Greg Abbot is warning everyone to be aware of a scam that has
emerged in connection with the proposed federal economic stimulus
package. Under recently passed legislation, the IRS will mail tax
rebate checks to eligible Texans over the next few months. President
Bush has indicated he will sign the package into law on Wednesday.
Several Texans recently
filed complaints with the Office of the Attorney General after
receiving unsolicited e-mails and telephone calls from purported IRS
agents claiming that the taxpayers are eligible for “Bush refunds.”
The scammers demand taxpayers’ Social Security and bank account
numbers, claiming the IRS will use the information to directly
deposit “rebate checks” into the taxpayers’ accounts.
This is outright identity theft fraud. The IRS does not call or
e-mail taxpayers unexpectedly to demand personal information for
direct deposits. Taxpayers solicited in this manner should just hang
up or delete the e-mail.
Anyone who has received these bogus solicitations can file a
complaint with the IRS at www.irs.gov or by calling (800) 829-1040.
Texans also can report such calls to the
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