MY DESK: MADISON -

"This is the dumbest spam email I've ever seen."

That's how Diane C. in Mauston started her note to me and it was love at first read on my end. Have to say, after reading the email she forwarded to me, she might be right. That said, I love the bluntness and unfortunately, I could see some folks falling for the note she sent.

It is purportedly from the IRS. It had the IRS logo on it, looks official, and basically tells the recipient, all they have to do to file their taxes is to click on a button that takes them to some other place on line. 

"Follow the instruction below to file you tax in as little as 2 Minitues!"

Regular readers will note that poor grammar and spelling is an obvious tip-off that something is wrong. I don't think the IRS would allow you to "file you tax" in as little as "2 Minitues!" We all know it takes longer than two minutes to file one's taxes, but take a look at the first line of the note and that's what jumped out to Diane.

"You have been selected to take part in the new IRS Automatic Federal Income Tax Return filing Scheme," is how it reads.

"The first sentence says SCHEME," Diane wrote. "DUH."

Duh, indeed. Couldn't have stated it better myself.

Thanks Diane for sending this in.

If you have an email you want to warn your neighbors about, please send it to me: mailto:aschrager@wisctv.com and then, just hit delete.

Have a great day.

Adam

-------- Original Message --------

Subject:

[Bulk] Important 2013 Automatic Tax Return Filing

Date:

Thu, 27 Mar 2014 19:16:25 -0700

From:

Internal Revenue Service <no-reply@islandsbanki.is>

To:


 

IRS 2013 Automatic Tax Return Filing

 

You have been selected to take part in the new IRS Automatic Federal Income Tax Return filing Scheme. The new systems allows IRS to automatically file your tax return based on the previous financial year. This service is provided to selected few free of charge for your convenience. It allows you to file your federal tax return hasle free.

Follow the instruction below to file you tax in as little as 2 Minitues!

Note: If you have already filed your tax return you can ignore this message. If not, please follow the instruction below.

 

Get Your filing status....

 

  • Single
  • Married-Filing Joint Return
  • Married-Filing Seaparate Return
  • Head of Household
  • Qualifying Widow(er) with dependent child

 

 

Gather your information...

 

  • Social Security Number (SSN) or Individuals Tax Identification Number (TIN)
  • First and last name
  • Date of birth
  • Filing status, and 
  • Spouse Name, SSN and Date of Birth if Married
  • Dependents Name, SSN and Date of Birth if you have dependents
  • Complete mailing address as it appeared on your 2012 tax return.

 

File Your Return Now!

 

  • File your return by clicking the link below
  • Click Here to File your 2013 Federal Income Tax Return
  • This special offer is given for a limited time only as limited space is available
  • If you do not file your tax return immediately, you might not be able to file by this automatic method later