IRS "underreported income" scam

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IRS "underreported income" scam

Postby MrBill » Fri Oct 09, 2009 10:48 am

The IRS scam is a significant portion of my mail these days - sometimes a dozen messages overnight. So far I haven't been able to catch the link actually functional, so I assume their strategy is to catch a few unsuspecting souls who are watching their incoming mail during the night and who respond immediately - can't be a large number. It's been a long-running phenomenon, though - hard to believe they haven't been caught yet, after several months.
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Re: IRS "underreported income" scam

Postby spamislame » Fri Oct 09, 2009 11:48 am

It's Zeus bot.

You can do lots of reading on this: ... inues.html

Previously it was a Michael Jackson story: ... ed-in.html

And before that it was a "Microsoft Update": ... at-is.html

Gar Warner is working with law enforcement to get these domains shut down really, really quickly. Your comment is proof that that's working. On average I receive over 20 of these per day, and out of that usually only one of the messages still has a functioning URL.

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Re: IRS "underreported income" scam

Postby meep » Fri Oct 09, 2009 12:27 pm

The Gar Warner blog updates shed a lot of light on this prolific spam. I receive about a dozen of these day. I even saw one with an attachment, but have since deleted it.
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Re: IRS "underreported income" scam

Postby AlphaCentauri » Fri Oct 09, 2009 7:46 pm

I thought I found a live one, because spamcop generated a report. Turns out the doofuses parked the domain instead of suspending it. So they'll have thousands of spamcop reports coming in reporting their parked page.
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