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Old 02-05-08, 04:18 AM
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New phishing scam

Or at least one I hadn't seen. Got this email this morning:

"After the last annual calculations of your fiscal activity we have determined that you are eligible to receive a tax refund of $192.40. 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 or copy/paste the link below in your browser:

"http://xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx/IRS.gov/refunds.php"

Regards,
Internal Revenue Service U.S.A.

Apparently it's pretty widespread since the IRS website has info on it. Also procedure to report it.
 
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Old 02-05-08, 08:10 AM
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I just heard about that one a couple days ago on the news. It's hard to believe that anyone would fall for this.
 
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Old 02-05-08, 10:19 AM
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Rats! Uh...is it too late to pull my request? I haven't gotten that one yet!

I've heard on the news people are "calling" and people are warned to beware of this type of thing. You know...if I was younger...I probably would believe it. I just know better now.
 
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Old 02-05-08, 11:42 AM
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Nice the way they put that irs.gov AFTER the slash to make it look legit.
 
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Old 02-05-08, 04:31 PM
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But if it were really from the IRS, the irs.gov would be right after www, so folks really need to watch what they open.
 
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Old 02-05-08, 04:49 PM
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There doesn't need to be a 'www' at all though chandler. The hostname portion of the URL could have been obscured with only hex digits.

If I were the perpetrator here I would have also sent out a second mailing where the link said:

www.irs.gov.getmytaxrebate.org

It would be interesting to see how many people fell for that compared to the first link.
 
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Old 02-06-08, 04:32 AM
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Hey, I tried to get my rebate and your link didn't work!
 
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Old 02-13-08, 09:35 PM
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It's always a good idea with anything involving finance or your personal date, to "mouse over" the link and look at the bottom bar on you browser. This should say where it's really going.
 
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Old 02-13-08, 10:10 PM
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Sorry Integrator, but that's one of the worst ways. Although it seems to have fallen out of favor recently (no doubt because of browser upgrtades), it used to be standard for sites to override this with custom data. If you have a "#" in there, how are you to know? You won't; you'll just click.
 
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