I received one of those scam emails today purporting to be from the IRS. They wanted to let me know that more than 130 million Americans will receive refund checks, and that the IRS has determined that I am one of the lucky 130 million.

I don’t think so.

In fact, I don’t qualify for a rebate check. And while you might, the more important fact is that the IRS will NEVER contact you by email to tell you that there is cash waiting for you.

This email is a total scam, and if you click through on the link, you’ll be exposing yourself to all sorts of trouble.

The only way to get a rebate check is to file a 2007 Tax Return. You have until October 15th to file, if you haven’t already filed. If you’re entitled to a rebate check, the IRS will automatically send it to you. You don’t have to do anything.

And you certainly don’t have to click through on a scam email. So, please don’t!

April 29, 2008.