A J Street team member received this letter and although we immediately knew that this was a scam, it got us thinking about how many people may believe that this is REAL. We wanted to help get the word out to everyone of this SCAM so share this far and wide!
This is a pretty good scam, too. The letter is well structured with proper grammar and spelling. We polled some friends – someone noticed that the business’s initials spelled IRS! Great scare tactic to entice unsuspecting receivers to pay or endure the wrath of the IRS! The letter also states (multiple times) that FAILURE to pay would result in the removal of the company from search engine directories – quite the threat to a business owner. And notice all of the images of valid search engines – Google, YouTube, Bing, etc. at the bottom of the letter. These scammers did their homework.
Shame on you, “Internet Renewal Services”, registered in Panama, with a mailing address in Spokane Valley, WA, and whose website is a single page that just displays their “business” name.
Please share this with all of your friends so no one falls for this scam!