This morning, US-CERT (Computer Emergency Response Team) posted a warning at their Web site about IRS and tax phishing scams. It is that time of year!
As they point out in their warning,
These messages, which may appear to be from the IRS, may ask users to submit personal information via email or may instruct the user to follow a link to a website that requests personal information or contains malicious code.
The US-CERT warning also includes links to many useful documents to help you recognize and avoid these and other phishing scams, including a link to a good article posted at the Wall Street Journal Web site last week: Cybercrooks digging for tax data.
We’ve not seen a lot of new phishing scams at UD so far this winter. But there is a version of the Nigerian scam starting to show up in some UD inboxes.
See a message like this one?
Just delete it.
I am Barrister.Abari Tamuno the Personal Attorney to a Foreign
Contractor who worked with a Multinational Oil Firm in Nigeria.
On the 21st of April 2008, my client, his wife And their three
children were involved in a car accident along Sagamu Express Road.All
occupants of the vehicle unfortunately lost their lives. Since then I
have made several enquiries to your Embassy to locate any of my
clients extended relatives, this has also proved abortive.After these
several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to trace his relatives over
the Internet, to locate any member of his family but of no avail,
hence I contacted you. I have contacted you to assist me in
repartrating the money left behind by my client before they got
confisicated or declared unserviceable by the Bank here this huge
deposits were lodged. Particularly, the Bank where the deceased had an
account valued at US19 million dollars has issued me a notice to
provide the next of kin or have the account confisicated within the
next twenthy official working days. since I have been unsuccesfull in
locating the the relatives for over 4 years now.
I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin to the deceased
so that the proceeds of this account valued at US19 million dollars
can be paid to you and then you and I can share this money. 70% to me
and 25% to you,while 5% should be for expenses or tax as your
government may require,I have all necessary legal documents that can
be used to backup any claim we may make.All I require is your honest
cooperation to enable us see this deal through. I guarantee that this
will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you
from any breach of the law.Please get in touch with me via my email
address as soon as you get this mail to enable us discuss on the
modalities and process for success of this transaction.I also request
for your private telephone number, fax number ,home address and bank
details for easy and more confidential communication.
I await your kind response, Good day and God bless.