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updated 6:41 PM CDT, Oct 21, 2014

E-mail Scam

  • Written by Bob Gabrielson
  • Published in News

(5/27/14) State officials warned today about an e-mail scam which falsely warns people that they owe Wisconsin income taxes.

  Consumer protection officials warned against opening e-mails which list a payment number in the subject line.  One such document warned the recipient that he or she owes income taxes, and to open a spreadsheet before July 11th.  Opening the spreadsheet opens the person to identity theft.  And besides that, state officials say the Revenue Department never e-mails people about tax obligations -- and even if people don't get that clue, bad grammar in the notice should give it away.  One note said, "You has the fines for income tax -- You gotta check out spreadsheet -- otherwise, you'll obtain lawsuit."  It also identified the false revenue official as a "Chief" instead of a division head, secretary, or assistant secretary.   If you get one of those e-mails, state officials suggest that you delete it, and not open any attachments.  To file a complaint, or for more information, check out the Consumer Protection Bureau, accessible at Wisconsin-Dot-Gov.

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