Last Updated: 2011-01-24 23:55:10 UTC
by Adrien de Beaupre (Version: 1)
Amy sent us in a note regarding an email she had received. It had a subject line of "Economic Stimulus Payment form ID: [SP-251.9475]" and an attachment. The contents were:
"After the last annual calculations of your fiscal activity we have determined that you are eligible to receive a Stimulus Payment.
Please submit the Stimulus Payment form in order to process it.
A Stimulus Payment can be delayed for a variety of reasons.
For example submitting invalid records or applying after the deadline.
To submit your Stimulus Payment form, please download the attached document.
Note: If filing or preparation fees were deducted from your 2007 Refund or you received a refund anticipation loan, you will be receiving a check instead of a direct deposit.
Internal Revenue Service"
Hmm, look fake?
The attachment was a HTML document named: "Economic Stimulus Payment.htm", the contents of which were:
w1ndow.location="http://bagatela. com /carrostunados/ wp-content/upgrade";
When we retrieve that page we get:
w1ndow.location="http://hawsedc. com /thomas/stimulus.refund/0,, id=181665,00.html";
Which gave me a 404 when I attempted to grab a copy.
Moral of the story, if it looks too good to be true, it is. The IRS will hopefully not be emailing out forms for economic stimulus payments any time soon.