The IRS is warning taxpayers to watch out for an e-mail scam involving undelivered economic stimulus checks.
The Internal Revenue Service has received reports of people getting e-mails that appear to come from the agency. The bogus e-mails tell recipients to respond with personal information to get their 2008 economic stimulus checks, IRS spokesman Mark Hanson said Monday.
Scammers were looking for bank account or credit card numbers, but Hanson said the IRS never sends unsolicited e-mails about people's taxes.
Last month, the IRS released a list of names of people whose stimulus checks had been returned as undeliverable. Those people need to update their addresses with the IRS by Nov. 28. By law, the stimulus checks must be sent out by Dec. 31.
Undeliverable checks averaged $583 per person nationwide. In North Carolina, nearly 9,000 payments, worth $5 million, have yet to be delivered. In South Carolina, about 4,500 undelivered payments are worth $2.6 million.
Hanson thinks the November deadline, combined with the list of names of people whose checks were undeliverable, may have led to the increase in e-mail scams. He warned people not to open any links or attachments in the scam e-mails.