Amateur Scammer/Spammer

August 30, 2007 psipsina

I have received this phishing scam twice today.  (For the safety of my readers, I’ve removed all hyperlinks and other possible malicious stuff.)

This is Jenny T. from the Refund Operations Department at Internal Revenue Service
 (United States Department of the Treasury).

After the last annual calculation of your fiscal activity we have determined that you
 are eligible to receive a tax refund of $49.22.

Please submit the tax refund request and allow us 1-2 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 Internal Revenue Service 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 secure server
 form at: https://sa1.www4.irs.gov/irfof/lang/en/irfofgetrefund.jsp

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

 Regards,

Jenny T.
 Internal Revenue Service – Tax Refund Specialist

Seems like a pretty ordinary phishing scam to me – bad grammar, poor spelling, sender masquerading as a trusted party, e-mail address that looks nothing like it comes from the IRS, no phone number – except for one thing.  Why $49.22?  And why checking accounts only?  Do they think someone who is so excited to get a refund of less than 50 clams that they will fall for a phishing scam will have enough money in their checking account to make it worth stealing?

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  • 1. Liz&hellip  | 

    I love the part where she says to allow 1-2 days for processing. That’s a clear sign that it is not from the IRS…

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