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latest in phishing email — please use debit cards!

Filed under: Hacking — jet @ 20:54

Here’s a new one, email purporting to be from the US Internal Revenue Service. It even says to not American Express or other credit cards, but use cards directly linked to your checking account. I’m thinking that the credit card companies have developed new detection methods to catch cards used by phishers and shut them down quickly.


Reply-To: <"irs."@irs.gov>
From: “IRS”
Subject: Internal Revenue Service – Tax Refund
Date: Fri, 13 Jul 2007 20:33:42 -0500

Good News,

After the last annual calculation of your fiscal activity we
determined that you are eligible to receive a tax refund of $93.82.
Please submit the tax refund request and allow us 2-4 days
in order
to process it.

A refund can be delayed for a variety of reason. For exemple (invalid
records or
applying after the deadline). The good news is that IRS
will make this refund directly to your visa and/or mastercard linked
to your
checking/savings account instead a check or a direct deposit.

To access the form for your tax refund, please continue to our
form “
Tax Refund V-M“.

Important: Do not use credit and/or american express or discover cards.
Only cards that are linked to
your checking/savings account are accepted.


Stephen Bronner
Internal Revenue Service – Tax Refund Specialist

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