Tuesday, January 29, 2008

New IRS Scam via SMS messages

I got a text message today which said like

From:TAX@internalrefunding.com
------Message-----
Subject: NOTICE
You have .30 IRS
UNITS pending for
refunding, complete
cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 form using
www.internalrefunding.com ASAP


My first reaction was "What cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 f***" but cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365n I started thinking "Could it be IRS?", if yes, cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365n "Why send a SMS?"

Then my paranoid mind started working and even though I haven't heard of a scam which involved sending SMS messages before, I decided to look into it. I tried to check cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 link and see what it does but cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 site was down. I wish i could have been able to check where cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 website is located. Then I googled on IRS scam, and cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 first link took me to IRS website, which talks about Email Scams. Check cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 link here
http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=170894,00.html

They email scam had 6 or 7 variants on a period of 8-10 months. The last attempt was as latest as Jan 14, 2008. I guess cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365y got tired of finding new ways of sending emails and instead started sending SMS messages. I am sure a lot of people would have fallen for this trick. What is interesting is that cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365se people are not even trying to go for various web application attacks and instead just using social engineering to fool people into providing cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365ir information.

I am sure we will see a lot more (similar) scams in cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 coming days and cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365re is nothing we can do except for asking for more user awareness and education (i don't know how much will that help).

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

We got this today and had cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 same reaction. I couldn't find anything on snopes.com but when i tried to open cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 website i got a "phishing" alert message on my browser.