Head First: It's raining money! Hallelujah!

Thursday, December 14, 2006

It's raining money! Hallelujah!

I got this email yesterday from the IRS (click image to enlarge):

Pretty sweet, huh? All I have to do is give them my Social Security number (because the IRS doesn't have my Social Security number), and the credit/debit card account number where I want my tax refund sent.

So I've got that going for me, which is nice.


sandytrif said...

you don't get nothing for free!!
well maybe the people who sent this to you would if you gave them all your info.

JimmyBob said...

I feel so sorry for all the older folks who are still very trusting.

Merry Christmas!

JimmyBob said...

I'm bored. Thought I'd come and give you another comment for the heck of it.

You know, someone tried to scam us once. We got a letter in the mail saying we had won $50,000 in an International Lottery, along with a check for $1,500 from a bank in Connecticut. It had a claims number on the letter and a phone number to call.

Basically, the way the scam worked was you needed to call to confirm your numbers. Then, you would go and cash the check and get a money order in that amount to send back to them for a Lottery processing fee. You had to do this within a week of cashing the check in order to receive the remaining amount. If you did, they would send you a check for the remaining $48,500.

Although the $1,500 check looked real, it was indeed fraudulent. You could possibly cash it, but after a short period of time it would be discovered to be fake and you would have to pay back the money and could face trouble.

If you cashed it and got a money order and sent it, you would be screwed. You'd never hear from the scam artists again.

So, before I knew all this and had gotten the check and the letter, I called the number. It was a Canadian phone number and address. The man who answered the phone sounded Indian. He took me through all the initial steps of confirming my information and numbers and told me he would call me back.

I did not hear from him. I got on the Internet and searched for scam reports to see if this could be one. Sure enough, there it was. And it gave me information about how to report a scam.

So, I did.

You can read about similar scams here.

After going through that, I thought about how easy it would be to take advantage of the elderly. The $1,500 check I received looked so authentic. Scary.

Thank God I didn't give him any real information or cash that check. Mercy!

Mrs Zeke said...

Ok Dorsey I sent the letter. Can I please have 63.80 cause I think I was told by a angel your suppose to give it to me :)

For Real

Love you

Spiritbear said...

Sounds like the $1500 cashiers check I just got from that Nigerian guy

Kris said...

I thought I would help you out. I googled information about scams and gave several sites your e-mail address requesting info.

You should be getting some information soon to help assist you in detecting anymore scam email.

No thanks needed brother. I always want to help.

Nathaniel said...

You'd think they'd actually put it for more than 63 dollars...that is not pocket change, but it is not enough for most people to even bat an eye at. I would've said you won like 300 bucks or something. Heck yah! I would've sent all my info..

seƱor jefe said...

The IRS needs your ATM Pin code?!? I'm not sure my wife even knows mine...