CONSUMER ALERT: Email Scam Uses Wisconsin Department of Revenue’s Name
May 27, 2014
Media Contact: Jerad Albracht, Senior
Communications Specialist, 608-224-5007 or Jim Dick, Communications Director,
MADISON – Wisconsin taxpayers are receiving scam emails regarding fake tax
liabilities. The messages claim that the recipient owes a Wisconsin tax and
will face additional penalties if they do not open the email's attachment.
These emails falsely claim to be from the Wisconsin Department of Revenue, and
opening the attachment could damage your computer or enable an identity thief
to obtain personal information from your system. Delete the email and do NOT
open any attachments.
The Wisconsin Department of Revenue does not initiate taxpayer
communications through email nor does it request detailed personal information
by phone or email.
Here is an example of a message received by a Wisconsin
taxpayer (note the numerous grammatical errors – a good sign of a potential
Payment notice #103831
You has the fines for income tax.
===Detailed announcement is in the
You gotta check out spreadsheet before
July 11th 2014.
Otherwise you'll obtain lawsuit.
Chief of Wisconsin Department of
(Made up Name)
(Made up Number)
Please do not reply to this email.
No virus found in this email. Checked
by FortiClient. Mon, 5 May 2014 11:38:31 +0200
Again, if you receive a similar email, delete it and do not open the
For additional information or to file a complaint, visit the Consumer
Protection Bureau at http://datcp.wisconsin.gov,
send an e-mail to email@example.com
or call the Consumer Information Hotline toll-free at 1-800-422-7128.
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