Seems like there is something new to fool people with everyday. You just gotta practice strict/safe browsing habits and make sure people are informed. We also need to teach more people that they should not click on links in emails unless they know for certain of their origins...but even then it can be unsafe. We need a PSA telling people to manually type in URL's rather than clicking links in an email.
It just takes a little common sense to avoid such a scam. The IRS never sends such notices via email. In fact, I don't recall ever receiving communications of any kind directly from the IRS via email. They don't even ask for your email address on tax forms.
I've been getting about 4 of these emails per day. I haven't clicked a link once. I think a lot of these attacks could be mitigated by teaching internet users the structure of a web address. The links are always something like: irs.gov.fraudulentclaims.net (not the actual site, just an illustrative example.) I'm sure all you readers already know that in this example the important part of the address is the last part, fraudulentclaims.net. I think it would be simple to educate the public to the fact that addresses are formed as ie: least-significant.more-significant.(...).most-significant.(net/org/edu/etc.) I used to work in a bank and we received a decent amount of training in avoiding these types of attacks but this fact was never mentioned. This method has never failed me in detecting such an attack and it's very simple to understand.
I got one of these emails a few months ago. After I got up off of the floor from laughing, I added the sender to my spam list. Aussies don't deal with the IRS, and our ATO is much more taxpayer friendly from what I have heard...
I think they would come to your house before sending an e-mail, they have enough money to single you out and put you in Prison... so why would they bother with e-mail? Sporting that new car they get every so many years is much cooler!
Never got it but I use G-mail and it seems to have a very good spam filter. Best I have seen. For a while I would look through my spams to make sure Google was not filtering out something I wanted but it has done great.
Another reason I like Linux on my laptop too. I do not think this Virus targets Linux.
With just a bit of resources that I'm not willing to fork over, it's very easy to track down who's stealing this money. The gov simply doesn't care enough to be bothered. It's too much hassle for them to try and negotiate with other countries to go and find those thieves.
How hard is it to track money transactions through banks? How hard is it to stake out a Money Mart or whatever type of money transfer store and wait for the perps to show up and pick up the money?
[citation][nom]LePhuronn[/nom]I'm sorry but if you're stupid enough to click a link from an obviously bogus e-mail you deserve to get fucked over.[/citation]
Dont be a dumbass. Not all adult users are familiar with scams of the kind and I consider it normal for some to be worried enough and go for i due to decency issue they have and get screwed over out of concern. I wouldn' and a lot of others wouldn't but some did and would.