Sunday, November 29, 2009

If You Fall for This, You Deserve to Lose Money

From the SoSG mailbag:

Subject: IRS Notification - Tax Refund
From: service@irs.gov
Date: 11/28/2009 6:46 AM

After the last annual calculations of your fiscal activity we have determined that you are eligible to receive a tax refund of $648.50.
Please submit the tax refund request and allow us 3-6 days in order to process it.

A refund can be delayed for a variety of reasons.
For example submitting invalid records or applying after the deadline.

Please submit the form attached to your email in order to finish your tax refund

Note: For security reasons, we will record your ip-address, the date and time. Deliberate wrong inputs are criminally pursued and indicated.

Regards,
Internal Revenue Service

Copyright 2009, Internal Revenue Service U.S.A. All rights reserved.

Wow, the IRS is so hard up for money they can't afford to hire a proofreader. And why do they need my credit card number? And ATM PIN? And my mother's maiden name? Well, better give those to them just to be safe.

C'mon, cyberthieves! It's like you're not even trying anymore!

7 comments:

Mr. Customer said...

I remember the good old days of Nigerian princes when identity thieves cared about things like narrative and persuasion tactics.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

@Mr. C - I got an e-mail from a Nigerian prince not too long ago. Nice guy, needed a few bucks to get a fortune out of the bank, so I helped him out.

Y'know, now that I think about it, he never did send me that money he promised.

rbnlaw said...

You mean the IRS doesn't correspond by e-mail? Whaaa?

If the crafty Russians behind these scams learned a little more English, they might actually pull this crap off.

JuanLove said...

I cant believe you guys didn't have a "Happy Birthday Vin Scully" Thread.

SMH

Steve Sax said...

Orel, I've already spent the $648.50, so I hope this is legitimate.

Orel said...

@JL: It's the way Vin would want it!

@Sax: Don't worry, that's only like a day of SoSG ad revenue.

Brandon said...

Since when has the IRS ever responded to anything within 3-6 days?