Nonprofits and other entities should be on the lookout for a recent phishing scam taking place in this region. The false message appears to come from the Treasury Department and promises a tax refund. It involves an email with the subject heading “Notice from Department of the Treasury” and shows a sender titled “Department of the Treasury ( [email protected] ).” The email’s content states the following (with grammatical errors):

"After the last annual calculations of your fiscal activity we have determined that you are eligible to receive a tax refund under section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Tax refund value is $______. Please submit the tax refund request and allow us 6-9 days in order to IWP the data received. If u don't receive your refund within 9 business days from the original IRS mailing date shown, you can start a refund trace online. If you distribute funds to other organization, your records must show wether they are exempt under section 497(c)(15). In cases where the recipient org. is not exempt under section 497(c)(15), you must have evidence the funds will be used for section 497(c)(15) purposes. If you distribute fund to individuals, you should keep case histories showing the recipient's name and address; the purpose of the award; the maner of section; and the realtionship of the recipient to any of your officers, directors, trustees, members, or major contributors. To access the form for your tax refund, please click here.

This notification has been sent by the Internal Revenue Service, a bureau of the Department of the Treasury.

Sincerely Yours,

John Stewart

Director, Exempt. Organization

Rulings and Agreements Letter

Internal Revenue Service”

One local nonprofit received the email in its “information request box.” A “click” on the website attached to the email sends the user to an address. Be on the lookout for this false message and, if you receive it, keep in mind that it is false.