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Update to the ‘IRS’ phishing email

Posted by gnn1 on Monday, 19 November 2007

The IRS now has an email address to send those phishing messages to.  I recommend you do so in order to help them shut down the phishers.  If you use Gmail, forward the email to the IRS before you click ‘report phishing’.  Once you click that you are unable to forward it.

The IRS cautions that it does not initiate email contact with any member of the public, EVER!!

Here are the instructions for forwarding:

The good news is that you can help shut down these schemes and prevent others from being victimized. If you receive a suspicious e-mail that claims to come from the IRS, you can relay that e-mail to a new IRS mailbox, phishing@irs.gov

Here is my original post:

Lately I’ve been getting messages in my email telling me that the IRS has determined that they owe me money–anywhere from $99 and change to more than $400.

Big problem. I haven’t worked in almost 4 years because of a disability. I have had no income, therefore no INCOME tax return is possible.

Another big problem. The link the email provides does NOT go to the IRS. It starts as a link to DSMLoggers and ends up at a http://www.ohmarshop.com domain.

The site asks for your DEBIT card number, your CV2, which is the authentication that most online sites require in order to complete a purchase (basically it ‘proves’ you have possession of the card), AND your PIN.

After the last annual calculations of your fiscal activity we have determined that
you are eligible to receive a tax refund of $99.23.
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 your tax refund, please click here [link intentionally broken by LCP Intern]

Best Regards,
Internal Revenue Service

© Copyright 2007, Internal Revenue Service U.S.A. All rights reserved.
TAX REFUND ID: A29R113

Here is a copy of the message. Here is the destination link . Whatever you do, DO NOT provide ANY information at the link.

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One Response to “Update to the ‘IRS’ phishing email”

  1. This is quite a up-to-date info. I think I’ll share it on Twitter.

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