When it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. However, Michael Fredericks is holding out hope that the tax refund he received from the IRS is no joke.
"Clear a credit card, get a car, lots of things," Fredericks said.
At first it seemed like Christmas came a little early, but Thomas Fredericks knew it was just too good to be true.
"Obviously someone made a mistake somewhere," Fredericks said.
Fredericks received an $18,000 tax refund check in the mail. The check is $15,000 more than he expected.
"You figure out real quick it's not yours," Fredericks said.
Fredericks decided to report the mistake to the IRS, but it seemed Uncle Sam wanted him to keep the money.
He was directed through a slew of automated messages for minutes, and when he never reached an operator, Fredericks gave up.
However, that doesn't mean he'll stash the cash.
"There's a little matter of prison," Fredericks said.
Fredericks says many people have told him to keep the money, but he knows better. He says he'll try to contact the IRS again, and when he does we'll let you what will happen to the money.
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