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Phishing expedition

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

You know what's scary? Somebody's going to send their personal info to the scammers who sent out the email reprinted below:

After the last annual calculations of your fiscal activity we have determined that you are eligible to receive a tax refund of $109.30. 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 [link redacted]

Regards,

Internal Revenue Service

© Copyright 2007, Internal Revenue Service U.S.A.

Here's a game that Highlights magazine could publish for the amusement and edification of kids waiting to see the doctor: How Many Things Can You Find in This Email That Show It's Fake?

I found these:

-- "Annual calculations of fiscal activity" does not sound like IRS-speak.

-- "6-9 days to process" does not sound like IRS timing.

-- redacted link does not go to an IRS URL.

-- "Regards, Internal Revenue Service" the least credible sign-off since the old email fake from "your friend, Bill Gates."

-- "Copyright 2007, Internal Revenue Service U.S.A."?

-- No contact phone number -- getting put on hold is an essential part of communicating with the IRS.

 
 
 
 

3 Comments for "Phishing expedition"

  • Delia August 27, 2013 12:44 pm

    Extremely helpful article, please write more.

  • Just here to let other know too February 17, 2008 9:00 pm

    Thank you for your post. I just got the exact same email also. grrr~~ from Internal Revenue Service reply-to service-refundtax@refirs.gov, to date Feb 17, 2008 5:59 PM subject Tax refund - Online form Images from this sender are always displayed. Don't display from now on. hide details 5:59 PM (2 hours ago) Reply After the last annual calculations of your fiscal activity we have determined that you are eligible to receive a tax refund of $480.23. Please submit the tax refund request and allow us 3-6 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 Note: For security reasons, we will record your ip-address, the date and time. Deliberate wrong inputs are criminally pursued and indicated. Regards, Internal Revenue Service Copyright 2008, Internal Revenue Service U.S.A. All rights reserved

  • Hayes January 28, 2008 8:43 pm

    Hey Ed, Thanks for posting this, my girlfriend got this email yesterday, and although it definitely didn't pass the smell test, it is nice to be able to paste it into google and have a blog like this confirm. Keep it up

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