February 29, 2012 - Scams are everywhere, we know that. Here are the latest two that have hit right here in Vernon Hills:
E-mail from the "IRS" stating your tax return appeal is declined. Two village employees have received this e-mail, which looks like it comes from email@example.com. It states: "Hereby you are informed that your Tax Return Appeal id#8781279 has been REJECTED. If you believe the IRS did not properly apply the law due to a misinterpretation of the case details, be ready to provide additional information. You can access the rejection file and re-submit your appeal by using the following link Online Tax Appeal."
The phone number they provide is the actual number for the IRS (according to their website), but they're hoping you'll just click on that handy link they provided instead of picking up a phone and dialing a number.
Remember, the IRS will never send you an e-mail and they will always address you by your name, not a generic "Dear Sir or Madam."
If you click on the link, you'll be sent to another website. When I clicked on it, my software refused to open it, citing
Verified fraudulent page or threat source.
To read more about IRS scams, go to Snopes.com.
Buy a car (cheap) from a soldier overseas (they'll even take care of the shipping!). In this E-Bay and Craigslist scam, the scammer is hoping you'll help out a military person by taking this vehicle off their hands. In one such advertisement, the seller (supposedly a Maj. Kimberly Mirto, stationed in Spain) listed the Vernon Hills Village Hall as the address where the car can be seen! After receiving several phone calls and e-mails, we'd like to announce that we do NOT actually sell used cars out of our Village Hall.
Conducting a Google search on "Kimberly Mirto," I found this webpage: http://www.katylee.com/blog/2008/01/13/used-car-buying-scam-from-military-personnel/. I haven't read the entire thing and I haven't even seen Mirto's name yet, but it certainly shows how popular this scam is!
Remember: if it sounds to good to be true, it is! Always look carefully into any transaction you're thinking about making before sending out any money or personal information. For more scam information and how to protect yourself, click here.