Discussion in 'Messages for All Guests and Members' started by tjohnson, Oct 27, 2011.

  1. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    This morning I received this email from the IRS

    It had the official IRS Logo on it, but is a SCAM!!!

    I have not made any transactions from my bank to the IRS, and immediately deleted the email

    Recently, the local news interviewed a woman who opened an official looking email from the IRS, and he computer went crazy!

    Cost her $300 to get it fixed!

    I deleted the link in this email


    Your Tax transaction (ID: 76207594001248), recently sent from your checking account was rejected by the your Bank.

    Rejected Tax transfer

    Tax Transaction ID:


    Reason of rejection

    See details in the report below

    FederalTax Transaction Report

     (Adobe Acrobat Reader Document)

    You can avoid unnecessary penalties and interest by paying your taxes in full and on time. This application will allow you or your authorized representative (Power of Attorney) to apply for an installment agreement if you cannot pay your taxes in full.

    Internal Revenue Service, Metro Plex 1, 8401 Corporate Drive, Suite 300, Landover, MD 20785
  2. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Thanks Todd,

    My spam & virus filters kick that stuff out, but it's good to know in case one of them gets through.
  3. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Mine Should Too!

    Not really sure why it got by???

    Came from an email that had a addy, so it looked official

  4. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    It is my understanding from working with the IRS doing security that they do not use email for notifications. They might correspond with you via email but only after an official notice is sent via US Postal service. Email correspondence is very rare according to the lady I worked with.  
  5. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Never figured out what these bone heads get out of doing stupid things like this to many people.

    Seems some people just love to give others a hard time!

    Thanks Todd,

  6. forluvofsmoke

    forluvofsmoke Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Todd, thanks for the heads-up!

    Scammers and Spammers will try anything and go to great lengths in attemps to overcome web server and individual computer security protective measures. When they can't overcome those measures, they take it to the human level, relying on scare tactics or sypmpathy. I just got a PM from a susposed SMF member last night with a proposal, and the sender wanted me to contact them via email for further information. I noticed that the email address even looked phoney, especially the provider. I checked into the sender's profile before doing anything, and found no join date, no activity, no posts on the forums, etc. I forwarded the message to an admin who I saw was online at the time (Pineywoods), along with a brief message about my concerns, and he banned the member within just a few minutes. I do wonder how many other members got this PM before it was put to rest, though, just out of curiousity.

    Anyway, this situation seemed to be a pretty desperate move in an attempt to gain my trust while they wittled away at whatever data they wanted to access on my computer files, I'm sure...never know, I just didn't want to find out what they wanted. Once they gain access to you through some type of messaging, the stage is set.

    If it's a message from anyone I'm not familiar with, or that I haven't previously initiated contact with, I get my gaurd up. If it looks at all suspicious, I take careful evasive action. My email account almost never gets spam, junk mail, or anything malicious, so that part of my communications protection works rather well, thankfully. I did get a fake (unsolicited) email which was somehow routed through Walmart (had their logo, an authentic looking sender's address...everything looked legitimate), and it actually contained a hacker's trojan. My antivirus red flagged it, immediately. I thought my A/V had gone bonkers, but the message was indeed malicious. The only reason it got through the filters is because I get legitimate correspondence from them at least every 3 months, so the filters recognized the sender. These electronic virtual punks are sneaky little S.O.B.'s, so don't let 'em fool ya. We may be in a virtual world when we open the web browser or email account, but the threats are real.

    Keep your gaurd up, and keep your A/V updated. If you haven't initiated or solicited any contact with the party in question, suspect the worst is about to happen. As Scarbelly stated, rarely will you get an email from anyone as an initial form of contact, so don't trust randomly recieved messages. Just because your A/V doesn't throw a flag doesn't always mean the message or attachments are safe. Speaking of attachments, these are typically what contains a virus, trojan or worm, and once you click on it, you're doomed. Even a picture contained on a susposed legitimate logo or ad could have an enbedded file.

    Also, if it type of thing happens here on SMF, the mods/admin will stomp it into the dust.

  7. There's a similar on-going scam with an email from a financial "clearing house". I forget the name right now but my wife got one the other day. It'll reference a rejected check with account number such-and-such, blah, blah, etc. Don't open the link, don't respond to the email. Snopes had an article on it.

    So, basically, any financial transaction report you don't immediately recognize is probably a scam.
  8. I got one the other day from an FBI agent telling me there was money available for me in Nigeria. Can you believe they still use that one?

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