The Internal Revenue Service has issued a warning about a new e-mail scam that claims to raise money for the victims of Southern California's wildfire.
"This is very reprehensible," IRS spokeswoman Michelle Lamishaw said Friday. "It's an opportunistic attempt to profit at the expense of the victims of these wildfires as well as the generosity of people who would like to help them."
The agency was tipped off by taxpayers and agency employees who received the e-mail and knew it was a scam, she said.
Also, it is to be understood that in general, the IRS will not e-mail you for any schemes. In the past, the IRS has been often used for similar scams (Associated Content). The present scenario proves that in a connected world there is always the opportunity to cash in on delayed information or misinformation.
It's imperative to always eye any arrivals to your inbox with suspicion.