Stimulus Plan' E-Mail Scam Makes Rounds

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  1. Revmitchell

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    Getting e-mails from the Internal Revenue Service telling you you're due for a stimulus payment? Don't believe them.

    It's just part of a simple "phishing" scam designed to get vital financial information out of you, says the IRS.

    "After the last annual calculations of your fiscal activity we have determined that you are eligible to receive a Stimulus Payment," begins a common variant of the e-mail, which often bears IRS letterhead. "Please submit the Stimulus Payment Online Form in order to process it."

    Recipients are directed to download an attached form, or given a link to a Web site, and told to provide their names, bank accounts and bank routing numbers so that payments can be directly deposited.

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