2006/08/01

Kvatch Kalled It - IRS Phishing Has Begun

No sooner did I blog on the potential abuses of the IRS using email as the primary method of communcation with taxpayers, then the Blognonypad receives this:
    From: admin@irs.gov
    Subject: IRS Notification - Please Read This .
    Date: July 24, 2006 8:36:45 AM PDT
    To: xxxxxx@xxxxxxxxx.net
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    Message-Id: <1153755405.45800.qmail@irs.gov>
    Content-Type: text/html


    After the last annual calculations of your fiscal activity we have determined that you are eligible to receive a tax refund of $63.80. 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

    Regards,
    Internal Revenue Service
I suggest that you don't 'click here'!

15 Comments:

What, you haven't been asked to send your bank account number so that the wealth of a late prince of some obscure country who died with no known heirs and a huge fortune can be deposited into YOUR account?
Good call!
Well it beats the now boring Nigerian scam. It is also a little better trageted than bank phishing. Nothing like an email to update with a bank you've never heard of.
It looks like a winner for someone.
Love your IRS, but don't trust an email...the scams are never ending.

Hey, I've just created a new joke - What's the difference between IRS spam and the real IRS? None - they both screw you.

Ha, but one should yeild better government.
Jesus where are they making all these crooks? Seems there's a new one every month. Seems I delete more emails than I open any more.
Diva...oh hell yeah! But this is more interesting because they're taking advantage of IRS rule changes that, I hope, won't be allowed to go into effect.

Cartledge, you've got that right. I'm wondering how many people may fall for this.

WS, like that comparison but only if it causes the Feds to dump this dumb idea. (See the linked post).

PoP, me too.
Wow! Can we start calling you Kreskin?
Kreskin

Hmmm...how about "Kvatchadamus"?
I followed your advise and didn't click. Not even curious. That's called trust Vatch. And I trust you man.
I wish you wouldn't expose my scams like that-rat bastard! Or should I say, frog bastard!
and they thought they could reel you in for a lousy $63.80 ??? I think you should feel insulted. At least the Nigerian scams promise $1,000's. D.K.
SA, click away dude! That link is now over a week old. Probably inactive. :-)

Mr. Satan! I knew I smelled your sulpherous stench when this came in.

D.K., indeed. Whatever happened to the really BIG scam? I can't tell you how many rich foreign contractors have died on the main highway near Lagos.
kvatch, i got it too. i thought it was weird 'cuz i didn't even file.
oy.....


i also got "haloscan" to save my commenters from having to solve the "wond verification riddle" which took me 4 cracks to break this time.
xoxo
That's amazing, kvatch - we both get the exact same amount on our taxes! Who knew? See - GWB and his mighty tax breaks are there for us!
Alicia, that is quite the coincidence.

I agree: At least the Nigerian scam nets you millions or at least thousands. Who gets taken in by a paltry $63.80?

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