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    Don't know where else to post this but I got am email from the
    "Internal Revenue Service" as sender and subject line "Please submit your Stimulus Payment online form"

    When I clicked in teh link they provided to get the form, I got a virus alert to say I had to close the program. Now wonder if this is a computer virus going around or if there's actually a Stimulus Payment from teh IRS....hmmm



    Obviously th IRS won't send a virus email, but this could be from someone else pretending to be IRS???
    Anyone else received anything like that? Shoudl I trash that email, I won't open it again and won'tclikback on it until I find out more about it but where can I?
    Laser cervical surgery after abnormal pap (moderate dysplasia) in 3/2004
    UTIs since mid 2004
    Recurrent yeast infections since mid 2005
    IC dx 3/2006
    V V dx 12/2006
    Other conditions: IBS, allergies, dry eyes.


    Current IC medications:
    Elavil (since 12/06) 10 mg;
    Cysta Q (since 5/07)
    Rephresh acid jel every 3 days
    D-mannose, fish oil, Calcium Citrate, Multivitamins & garlic pills (sometimes)
    Probiotics Femdophilus or other brands
    Gy-Na-Tren for yeast infections (started using it as needed since 2010)
    Other Rx:Omeprazole 20mg; benadryl as needed, Restasis


    Past Meds and why I stopped them:
    Elmiron: March to September 2006: headaches
    Lyrica:2 weeks in 2006: headaches
    Cystoprotek: from Jan to April 2007: nausea

    Femcon Fe (2/07 to 10/07):caused spotting/bleeding
    BCP:Loestrin (since Ocotber 2007) to stop spotting for 2 months. V V worse. Stopped the pill in Nov 07.


    "Obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it"

  • #2
    I would make a call tomorrow and find out.. Click this link for info..

    http://www.irs.gov/contact/index.html
    Hugs
    Ronda

    ONE Second, ONE Bite, ONE Breath, ONE Pill, ONE Minute, ONE Teardrop, ONE Hour, ONE Sip.. ONE DAY! I will Prevail from this disease! IC Hoping for a Cure!


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    Lexapro< Bad reaction to this med!
    Intstills, could not continue them due to some kind of reaction after 3rd instill. Tasted the lidocaine in my mouth, tongue and lips went numb then went into what seemed like a panic attack. Shaking, racing heart, tingling face/head, blood pressure shot up..

    Dx With IC in Nov 2006 with Hydro/Cysto
    Hydro/Cysto Caused Bladder to Rupture.

    Other Dxs-Vulvodynia,Fibro, Endo, IBS, HPV, Migraines, Spastic Colon, Mild Dysplasia.



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    • #3
      I would absolutely not respond to such an email. There is not currently a stimulus payment to apply for --- and you need to ask yourself how the IRS would have your email address.

      Donna
      Stay safe


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      • #4
        The IRS would not send out an email; and like mentioned there is no stimulus check form.
        I'd definitely run an updated virus scan on the pc, and report the email to the IRS, the internet carrier and Microsoft or Apple.

        D
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        • #5
          These email scams have been going on for years

          This is definitely a scam.
          http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/...151065,00.html

          above is a link of MANY found googling using " irs email scam" People are looking for (phishing) for your private info.

          I would think the IRS sends out snail mail using the US postal service to inform you of something. a) you have a hardcopy and b) they're using their own government workers to deilver their messages.
          Somewhere there's a reason /Why things go like they do /Somewhere there's a reason /Why some things just fall through /We don't always see them /For what they really are /But I know there's a reason /Just can't see it from this far /Maybe I don't like it, /But I have no choice /I know that somewhere, /Someone hears my voice / I thought I knew it all /I thought I had it made /How could it end this way? /I thought I knew Somewhere there's a reason /Why things don't go my way /Somewhere there's a reason /That I cannot explain /Just like the change of season, /Just may not be my turn /But I know there's a reason, /The lesson's mine to learn

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          • #6
            The IRS isn't the only one doing this- I received one from Verizon -- since it was in my "spam mail" I didn't open it just deleted-if something looks funny than it probably is.

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            • #7
              you can always check things that are suspicious by going to snopes.com-very easy to use and reliable

              Sandra
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              • #8
                The rule I follow on the internet and on my phone is that I never, ever, under any circumstances will give private information unless I have dialed the number or on the internet the only time I share personal information is if I am ordering something from a site I know is reliable --- and in those instances I make sure the site is secure.
                Stay safe


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                I am not a medical authority nor do I offer medical advice. In all cases, I strongly encourage you to discuss your medical treatment with your personal medical care provider. Only they can, and should, give medical recommendations to you.
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                • #9
                  thanks ladies! I see in the links that there are indeed that type of emails. What made me think it was a "real" email from IRS is that I filed my taxes online twice and thought they may have my email address....but the Virus red alerts that poped when I opened teh link to fill out a form, scared me.

                  Well just a few minutes ago I found this article from the Wall Street Journal yahoo's main page (see below in bold). It's is just confusing......


                  Taxpayers Get Second Chance at Stimulus
                  by Tom Herman
                  Wednesday, November 12, 2008


                  Remember those economic-stimulus checks the government was handing out this year? Many taxpayers didn't qualify for the full amount -- or for any payment at all -- because their 2007 income exceeded a certain threshold.

                  But many people who lost their jobs this year, or whose incomes fell for some other reason, will get a second chance next year, thanks to a little-noticed tax-law twist.

                  More from WSJ.com:

                  • Banks Boost Customer Fees to Record Highs

                  • A Little-Known Tax Break for Bruised 529s

                  • Bailout Bill Provided Tech Workers With Tax Relief

                  Like many other people, Colleen Kilbreath of Westminster, Colo., thought eligibility for the program was based solely on what she had reported on her tax return for 2007 -- and assumed she wouldn't get anything because her income for that year was too high. Ms. Kilbreath, a construction-project manager, was laid off in June "and could really use the assistance," she wrote in a recent email.

                  For 2008, she says, her adjusted gross income will be about $50,000, well below the law's threshold, which means she should qualify for a recovery rebate credit when she files her 2008 return next year. "I did not know" that the law worked that way, she says. "I'm sure there are a ton of us out there that are in the dark."

                  Under the economic-stimulus law, which was enacted in February, eligibility for this tax break is based on your income and other factors, such as family size, as reported on your federal income-tax return for either 2007 or 2008, says Mark Luscombe, principal tax analyst at CCH, a Wolters Kluwers business.

                  Thus, if you weren't eligible based on your 2007 return or received less than the maximum amount, you still might qualify for a "recovery rebate credit" on your 2008 return, to be filed in 2009, Internal Revenue Service officials say. Other people, such as a family with a child born in 2008, may also be eligible for a credit on their 2008 return, Mr. Luscombe says.

                  Huge amounts of money are involved. About $10 billion will be distributed next year in rebate credits, says Treasury Department spokesman Andrew DeSouza. The Treasury won't send out separate economic-stimulus payments, as it did this year. Instead, those eligible will claim the rebate credit on their 2008 returns. That will affect how much of a refund they'll get or how much they'll owe Uncle Sam.

                  With the economic slump deepening, the extra help will come in handy in many households. According to the latest government figures, employment has dropped by about 1.2 million in the first 10 months of this year -- with over half the decrease coming in the past three months. The Labor Department reported that the unemployment rate rose to 6.5% in October from 6.1% the previous month, and many forecasters expect it to climb above 8% by the end of next year.

                  Pressure is growing in Congress for additional economic-stimulus measures, either this year during a lame-duck session or next year after Barack Obama is sworn in as president, or both.

                  Under the law enacted in February, most people who paid federal income taxes were eligible to receive as much as $600 for an individual, or as much as $1,200 for a married couple filing a joint return, with an additional $300 for each eligible child. The amounts phase out for individuals whose incomes exceed $75,000, or joint filers with income above $150,000. Under the formula, you lose 5% of the dollar amount above the applicable threshold -- such as $50 for each $1,000 above the cap. (Separately, many low-income people who paid little or no federal income tax were entitled to some payment, too.)

                  Through last month, the Treasury had distributed about 117.4 million economic-stimulus payments totaling more than $95 billion. During October alone, the government distributed about 1.4 million payments totaling about $976.6 million.

                  The IRS will post tools on its Web site to help people figure the recovery rebate credit, says Eric Smith, an IRS spokesman. There will also be a worksheet to help figure out the amount in the 2008 tax packages, he says. A draft has been posted on the IRS site.

                  For those do-it-yourselfers who don't want to risk losing their sanity doing the number-crunching, consider buying tax-preparation software. Intuit Inc.'s TurboTax, the top-selling consumer software, will automatically notify customers about this issue when they're working on their 2008 tax returns next year, and will also calculate any additional rebate amount, says Julie Miller, an Intuit spokeswoman.

                  Some people who were eligible for a payment this year haven't received it yet because of a wrong address. The IRS said recently that it's searching for people who are missing more than 279,000 economic stimulus checks totaling about $163 million -- and more than 104,000 regular refund checks totaling about $103 million -- that were returned by the U.S. Postal Service due to mailing address errors.

                  "All a taxpayer has to do is update his or her address once," the IRS said. The government "will then send out all checks due."

                  If you're worried about a missing stimulus check and want it this year, don't procrastinate. "It is crucial that taxpayers who may be due a stimulus check update their addresses with the IRS by Nov. 28," the IRS said. The reason: By law, those stimulus checks must be sent out by Dec. 31 this year, the IRS said. To check the status of a stimulus check and get instructions on how to update an address, go to the IRS Web site and click on "Where's My Stimulus Payment?" or call 866-234-2942.

                  The IRS said the regular refund checks that were returned averaged $988 apiece. These checks will be re-sent as soon as taxpayers update their addresses. You can do that with the "Where's My Refund" tool on the IRS Web site, or call 800-829-1954.

                  More from Yahoo! Finance:

                  • How Obama's Tax Plan Could Affect You

                  • How the Rich Cheat On Their Taxes

                  • The Ranks of the Ultrawealthy Grow

                  --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                  Visit the Tax Center

                  * * *

                  Estate-tax returns fell in 2007.

                  Only about 38,000 federal estate-tax returns were filed in 2007, down from 49,050 in 2006, according to the IRS. Of those 38,000 returns, about 17,400 were taxable, down from nearly 23,000 taxable returns in 2006.

                  Among the 2007 taxable returns, there were 2,860 estates valued between $3.5 million and less than $5 million, the IRS said. There were 2,906 estates valued between $5 million and less than $10 million, 1,104 estates valued between $10 million and less than $20 million -- and only 654 estates valued at $20 million or more.

                  Further declines in the number of filings are likely again next year, when the basic federal estate-tax exclusion, now $2 million, is set to increase to $3.5 million.

                  The top federal estate-tax rate, now 45%, is set to remain unchanged in 2009.

                  * * *

                  Voters deliver a mixed verdict on state-tax proposals.

                  Massachusetts voters turned down the proposed elimination of the state's income tax over two years. Critics such as the Massachusetts Taxpayer Foundation had said approval of the measure would have led to drastic spending cuts in almost all state programs. In another closely-watched contest, Oregon voters rejected a proposal to allow taxpayers to deduct unlimited amounts of their federal income taxes on their state returns. North Dakotans said no to a proposal to cut personal income-tax rates by 50%.

                  But voters "were also hesitant to raise taxes in a difficult economy," said Jennie Drage Bowser of the National Conference of State Legislatures. For example, Colorado voters rejected a sales-tax increase and also said no to major changes to the state's strict Taxpayer Bill of Rights law. Maine voted to roll back new taxes on beer, wine and soft drinks.

                  Minnesota, however, approved a sales-tax increase to protect the environment and benefit the arts.

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                  Laser cervical surgery after abnormal pap (moderate dysplasia) in 3/2004
                  UTIs since mid 2004
                  Recurrent yeast infections since mid 2005
                  IC dx 3/2006
                  V V dx 12/2006
                  Other conditions: IBS, allergies, dry eyes.


                  Current IC medications:
                  Elavil (since 12/06) 10 mg;
                  Cysta Q (since 5/07)
                  Rephresh acid jel every 3 days
                  D-mannose, fish oil, Calcium Citrate, Multivitamins & garlic pills (sometimes)
                  Probiotics Femdophilus or other brands
                  Gy-Na-Tren for yeast infections (started using it as needed since 2010)
                  Other Rx:Omeprazole 20mg; benadryl as needed, Restasis


                  Past Meds and why I stopped them:
                  Elmiron: March to September 2006: headaches
                  Lyrica:2 weeks in 2006: headaches
                  Cystoprotek: from Jan to April 2007: nausea

                  Femcon Fe (2/07 to 10/07):caused spotting/bleeding
                  BCP:Loestrin (since Ocotber 2007) to stop spotting for 2 months. V V worse. Stopped the pill in Nov 07.


                  "Obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it"

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