OK… while this is a little off-topic for this weblog, I couldn’t resist! The following is a spam phishing scheme that got into my inbox. Besides the fact that I knew it was fake because the IRS isn’t going to contact me through this email address, there were a couple of other minor things to indicate that something wasn’t quite right… like the url in the “click here” was not the IRS website! (unless they’ve moved their offices to .ru <which I believe is Russia?> – I removed the url to protect anyone from accidentally clicking on it) See if you can spot the other one…
After the last annual calculations of your fiscal activity we have determined that
you are eligible to receive a tax refund of $268.32.
Please submit the tax refund request and allow us 2-3 days in order to
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.
Internal Revenue Service
Yep! That’s right… You could be INDICATED! I think the sender should be INDICTED for stupidity, as this only INDICATED to me that the sender is also illiterate!! While I found this amusing, I also realize that there are a lot of other folks that will fall for this scheme, which is not so amusing. We hear about Identity Theft a lot these days… this is one example of Why It Happens! Out of excitement, greed or just plain ignorance, someone clicks the link and provides this scammer with all of their personal information and their bank account info (for the “IRS” to deposit their “refund”) and in only a few days or weeks they find their bank account empty and possibly new credit cards issued in their name with charges on them for all kinds of stuff. Not only are they robbed, but now they spend a lot of time and effort trying to clear their name and credit.
If you get ANYTHING that you didn’t specifically request in your Inbox… DELETE IT, IMMEDIATELY!! If you OPEN it and THINK it might be real… DON’T click the link provided. Instead, Google the REAL website and look for information about the subject… OR check out http://www.snopes.com for information about all kinds of scams. They also cover all those other fake emails that tell you to “pass it on to all your friends” (please don’t send them to me, as I’ve already seen most of them and deleted them without bothering my friends). If it’s been on the web, Snopes.com probably has the facts about it… bookmark the site and use it often!!