IRS Get Refund On Your Card pretending to come from IRS <firstname.lastname@example.org> is one of the phishing attempts to get your bank and credit card information
Email looks like
*** PLEASE DO NOT RESPOND TO THIS EMAIL ***
We are writing to you because your federal Tax payment (ID: 66116572), recently sent is available for refund.
For your security, new charges on the accounts listed above may be declined. If applicable, you should advise any Additional Card Member(s) on your account that their new charges may also be declined.
For more information, please visit the following link – https://sa.www4.irs.gov/irfof/lang/en/irfofgetstatus.jsp?reenter=true
Your prompt response regarding this matter is appreciated.
IRS Refund Team
PLEASE NOTE: Do not respond to unsolicited e-mails that claim to come from the IRS. The IRS does not use email to request this type of information. Forward suspicious e-mails to: email@example.com
Internal Revenue Service, Metro Plex 1, 8401 Corporate Drive, Suite 300, Landover, MD 20785.
Following the link in this IRS Get Refund On Your Card email or other spoofed emails takes you to a website that looks exactly like the real IRSsite. You are then through loads of steps to input a lot of private and personal information, including billing address, date of birth and then to an update payment page, where they want credit card and bank details. Not only will this information enable them to steal your Bank Account, credit card details, Email details, webspace ( if you have it) They then want enough information to completely impersonate you and your identity not only in cyberspace but in real life.
Please read our How to protect yourselves page for simple, sensible advice on how to avoid being infected or having your details stolen by this sort of socially engineered malware.
All of these emails use Social engineering tricks to persuade you to open the attachments that come with the email or follow links in them . Whether it is a message saying “look at this picture of me I took last night” and it appears to come from a friend or is more targeted at somebody who regularly is likely to receive PDF attachments or Word .doc attachments or any other common file that you use every day. Or whether it is a straight forward attempt, like this one, to steal your personal, bank, credit card or email and social networking log in details. Be very careful when unzipping them and make sure you have “show known file extensions enabled“, And then look carefully at the unzipped file. If it says .EXE .SCR or .COM then it is a problem and should not be run or opened.