As Americans receive their economic stimulus checks, Internet fraudsters are already looking to swipe them.
The FBI is warning consumers to be on the lookout for E-mails such as the following, which purport to be from the Internal Revenue Service but are actually attempts to purloin sensitive information:
Over 130 million Americans will receive refunds as part of President Bush program to jumpstart the economy.
Our records indicate that you are qualified to receive the 2008 Economic Stimulus Refund.
The fastest and easiest way to receive your refund is by direct deposit to your checking/savings account.
Please follow the link and fill out the form and submit before May 10th, 2008 to ensure that your refund will be processed as soon as possible.
Submitting your form on May 10th, 2008 or later means that your refund will be delayed due to the volume of requests we anticipate for the Economic Stimulus Refund.
To access Economic Stimulus refund, please click here.
Do not click there. The IRS never "initiate[s] taxpayer communications via E-mail," the FBI says.
If you do receive such an E-mail, you can file a complaint with federal authorities here.