Symantec: spammers targetting tax filers

As reported in the February State of Spam report, we have observed spammers disguising themselves as the IRS and dangling an offer of a tax refund to unwitting recipients. That is, a refund made available once you input your credit card information into their site. A site that does not bear the IRS URL. A site that is fraudulent and nothing more than a collection tool for credit card and other personal information. And while we are still seeing this, we have recently observed a few new types of spam in relation to tax season. This spam being of a more sinister type as it directs you to download a virus.

In one example, the spammer indicates that a new law requires you to download tax software. Well, that in itself is ridiculous because taxes are traditionally done on paper and there is no existing law stating that you need a computer for your taxes in the first place. If that wasn’t a red flag, the site that you actually download the “software” from is not a government site. Instead, it is merely an IP address. (symantec)

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  1. 1 Symantec: spammers targetting tax filers Trackback on April 4, 2008 at 12:29 pm

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