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IRS phishing scam

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Monday December 4, 2006 )

It’s appeared again – I just received my first email notification for the season from the “IRS” stating I had a tax refund coming. I’m an Australian living in Australia and have never filed a tax return in the USA :).

Yes, it’s tax return phishing scam time again.

This phishing scam appeared last year also around the same time according to a press release from 2005 on the IRS site, but they are yet to reissue the alert for this year.

The subject of the email was “IRS notification – Please read this).

The email has a “from” address of (expect variations), but on inspecting the headers, it’s easy to pick that that it doesn’t come from their servers. The image in the email is pulled directly from the IRS web site

The phishing email states:

After the last annual calculations of your fiscal activity we have determined that you are eligible to receive a tax refund of $79.80. Please submit the tax refund request and allow us 6-9 days in order to process it.

A refund can be delayed for a variety of reasons. For example submitting invalid records or applying after the deadline.

To access the form for your tax refund, please click here

Internal Revenue Service

Expect variations on the body text also. The “click here” link leads to an Indonesian server.

In the 2005 press release from the IRS, they state they do not ask for personal identifying or financial information via unsolicited e-mail. The IRS suggests contacting them at 1-800-829-1040 to determine if they are trying to contact you.


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