E-Mail Scam Targets Vets

Nick Gale, Illinois Capitol Bureau

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (IRN) – There’s a new scam popping up aimed at veterans.

The Internal Revenue Service is warning taxpayers to be on the lookout for a new, e-mail-based phishing scam that targets Department of Defense military members, veterans and civilian employees.

IRS spokesman Michael Devine says the e-mail appears to come from Defense Finance and Accounting Services and displays an e-mail email address. “The e-mail states that those receiving disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs may be able to obtain additional funds from the IRS,” Devine said.

E-mail recipients are then asked to send various VA and IRS documents containing their personal and financial information, such as copies of VA award letters or their income tax returns, to an address in Florida.  The information on these documents is then used by the scammers to commit identity theft.

The bottom line, says Devine, is don’t fall for it.  He also reminds people the IRS does not send unsolicited e-mail to taxpayers and never asks for personal and financial information such as PINs or passwords.

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