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California Wild Fire Scams

Created: 06 Nov 2007 08:00:00 GMT • Updated: 23 Jan 2014 18:44:54 GMT
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Over the past week we have seen some scamspurporting to be generating from the IRS. The scams are requestingdonations for the wildfires that ravaged the Southern California regionlast week. A portion of the email is below:

From: Internal Revenue Service<>Subject: Help for California Wildfire Victims

Right now California is asking you for help !
If you chose to take part in our program (initiated by IRS & U.S GOVERNMENT)
click on the link below and make a small contribution.
Together we can rebuild California !


This email is not from the IRS. The link redirectsto a fraudulent Web site created by scam spammers to steal your money.It is unfortunate but true that spammers will stop at nothing toseparate you from your money even if it means preying on the kindheartedness of those looking to give assistance to individuals in need.

When you receive donation requests make sure to investigate therequest thoroughly. Ensure that it is a legitimate request before youclick on a link or give up valuable personal information.