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As you know I keep a fairly close eye on the internet for various scams
and such as part of my business. The following one caught my eye and I
thought you might be interested in passing it on to your e-mail lists.
In light of what was reported earlier this week about a financial
adviser in Kelowna being stung for over $80,000 - even professionals can
be scammed sometimes so foreknowledge is worth a lot.
The SANS Internet Storm Center is reporting the details of a scam that
involves the recipient of an e-mail purporting to come from the IRS
offering $80.00 if they will fill in a survey:
---------------- details from scam e-mail -----------------------
From: Internal Revenue Service [mailto:security@IRS.gov]
Sent: Friday, August 24, 2007 5:23 AM
Subject: IRS Survey : $80.00 to your account - Just for your time!
You’ve been selected to take part in our quick and easy 8 questions
survey In return we will credit 80.00 to your account - Just for your
Please spare two minutes or your time and take part in our online survey
so we can improve our services.
Don’t miss this chance to change something.
To continue click on the link below:
© Copyright © 2007 Internal Revenue Service U.SA
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Note that the "real" e-mail uses HTML to hide the fact that what you see
as the URL (htm://www.irs.gov/login.asp=survey) is actually a completely
different computer - view the message "source" to see this if you
The telephone call comes after the "survey" has been filled in - and the
caller then proceeds to use "social engineering" (use of some
information to get more information) to use some of the info used in the
survey to get things like the SSN and credit card/bank information "to
verify who you are and allow us to deposit the $80 into your account"
----------- telephone conversation example -------------------
“ Hello Mr I fell for-it, this is Tim from the IRS. Thank you for
filling out the survey, however you didn’t leave any details for us to
deposit the $80. If you provide me with some information now we can
“Let’s start with verifying some details, starting with your
social security number....”
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This is just one of the many such scams being perpetrated by the crooks
who have expanded their illegal actions on the internet to the point
where it is a multi-billion dollar business every year.
Richard C. Pitt Pacific Data Capture
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Up to five million people may be paying the wrong income tax because HM Revenue and Customs' computer systems are "no longer well suited" to handling the tax, the U.K. National Audit Office has warned.
The figure, which comes in the NAO's report on HMRC's accounts for 2006-07, is five times higher than that identified in a separate report by the public spending watchdog that was published earlier this month.
The earlier examination of income tax collection found that more than a million people were paying the wrong amount of tax because of processing errors.
Speaking as the new report was published, Sir John Bourn, head of the NAO, said: "HMRC's computer systems are no longer well-suited to the efficient administration of income tax, especially where people have more than one job or change jobs frequently."