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Irs Wants To Give You $80 - Phishing/vishing Scam


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#1 harrywaldron

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Posted 27 August 2007 - 08:21 AM

Please avoid all IRS based emails that might be currently circulating. A well designed email scam is circulating, which appears to come from the IRS. It contains some legitimate IRS links and has a phone # in the email.

Calling the phone number will lead to a person impersonating the IRS and collecting information from the call (e.g., SSN, account #'s, credit card info, etc). The phone uses VOIP technology to hide the true location of the scammers and possibly spoof caller ID controls to show the "Internal Revenue Service".

Do not respond to any email from the IRS without contacting your local IRS branch prior to taking actions.

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Posted 27 August 2007 - 12:13 PM

Phishing scams are getting more or more complex and realistic-appearing in their attempt to fool people, as this example shows. One simply cannot be too cautious about assuming an internet source is valid!
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Posted 29 August 2007 - 02:17 PM

^ Hi John - I agree with you that the social engineering seems to be getting better with each round of attacks :flowers: ... On this one, I knew it wasn't true, as "The IRS wants to *give* me $80" ... :thumbsup:

Edited by harrywaldron, 29 August 2007 - 02:18 PM.


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Posted 29 August 2007 - 02:25 PM

That's what caught my eye in the post title..."Give me $80".. They hounded me for $2.67 :thumbsup:
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