View Full Version : Another scam, this one "phishing"

March 18, 2008, 15:27
Received from my wife. She got it at work (a HS).

Sent: Tuesday, March 18, 2008 8:50 AM
To: All SUSD Employees
Subject: Bogus IRS emails-Phishing

With tax time right around the corner, please be extra careful about emails that pretend to be a message from the IRS. These emails will be fake as the IRS will not email you.

The latest example is below: I have slightly altered the link from what was in the message to make it unusable but here is a nice little lesson to help identify phishing: the link includes chna.edu.tw A little research shows that chna is Chia Nan University of Pharmacy and Science, the edu means that it is a university (only colleges and universities are allowed the .edu label) finally the tw means it is is Tiawan. Definitely not the IRS

------ Forwarded Message

From: IRS <notice@IRS.gov>

Reply-To: <do-not-reply@IRS.gov>

Date: Tue, 18 Mar 2008 05:16:52 -0700

Subject: [BULK] Tax Refund ID :


Dear Applicant:

After the last annual calculations of your fiscal activity we have determined that you are eligible to receive a tax refund under section

501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Tax refund value is $152.60.Please submit the tax refund request and allow us 3-6 days in order to IWP the data received.

-If you distribute funds to other organization, your records must show wether they are exempt under section 497 (c) (15). In cases where the recipient org. is not exempt under section 497 (c) (15), you must have evidence the funds will be used for section 497 (c) (15) purposes.

-If you distribute fund to individuals, you should keep case histories showing the recipient's name and address; the purpose of the award; the maner of section; and the realtionship of the recipient to any of your officers, directors, trustees, members, or major contributors.

To access the form for your tax refund, please click here :

(Fake IRS Address here)

This notification has been sent by the Internal Revenue Service,a bureau of the Department of the Treasury.

March 18, 2008, 18:38
Thanks Geo.