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Will Obama Give You Dough? Spare Change You Shouldn’t Believe In

Scammers are taking advantage of Obama’s grant money news to rip you off.

Shocking.

Trickle down 2 Watch for fake emails, links in ezine articles, and Google campaigns leading you to Obama-scam websites.

Testimonials on these Obama scam sites from people who’ve received government grant dough are as real as Ivanka Trump’s chest, and hardly as charming.

Quotes will urge you to order a CD to learn how to write a successful grant application – and that small S&H charge for the CD is how scammers get your credit card info and mailing address.

Another Obama-stimulus package scam email claims to be from the IRS, and asks you to fill out your personal information online, in order to receive a “stimulus payment.” What’s the most stimulating part of this process? Finding out strangers know a touch too much, about you.

Fortunately, if you follow the usual Internet safety rules, you’ll be okay. Look both ways before opening surprise email attachments and clicking links, and breeze over to YouTube to view some tips for avoiding grant-related scams.

Guest Writer: This is a guest post by Kristopher Dukes of 411-Spyware.com – an invaluable asset in the battle against malware. Pay a visit to 411-Spyware.com, and I’m convinced you’ll become a regular visitor.

The content of this article is copyright 2009 © by Dukes Media, LLC All rights reserved.

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IRS Tax Notification Refund Scam – Don’t be Victimized!

After the last annual calculations of your fiscal activity we have determined that you are eligible to receive a tax refund of $939.40. – Fraudulent IRS email

Now who wouldn’t be thrilled to receive an email informing them that U.S. Internal Revenue Service is going to play Santa Clause and give them $939.40? Well I wouldn’t object, and I suspect you wouldn’t either. Like you, I can think of a few places where this unexpected windfall could be put to good use.

Despite the fact that I am a Canadian, and I reside in Canada, it seems the U.S. Government is eager, and determined, to give me money for the third time in just a few months. Yes, this is the third such scam email I have received in just the last few months.

Since I am a Canadian I do not file U.S. income tax returns and I do not qualify for a refund from the IRS. Despite this, the cyber-criminals responsible for this fraudulent email were optimistic that I would click on the enclosed email link.

Clicking on the link would have redirected me to a spoof IRS page, comparable to the original site, and I would then have begun a process in which the scammers would have stripped me of all the confidential information I was willing to provide.

Information requested on the spoof IRS page includes; social security number, credit card and debit card numbers, postal address, and date of birth. The financial and personal details entered into this fraudulent web site are harvested by cyber-crooks who would have used this information to commit identity and financial theft.

The reality is of course, the IRS doesn’t send out unsolicited emails asking for personal or financial information. Credit card numbers, ATM PIN numbers and additional financial information would never be required to enable you to discover the current status of your tax return, or your tax refund.

According to the IRS there are over 1600 IRS phishing sites operating, or online, at any given time in search of potential victims willing to hand over sensitive financial data. It’s easy to see that the emails I received are not isolated incidents. The IRS confirms that by their estimates, 1% of all spam email is an IRS phishing scam.

What makes this particular type of scam so potent is, the average person on receiving an email from an authoritative source, generally lowers their defenses. As well, giving the time of year, the timing is right. Be warned, IRS scam emails always ramp up before tax day and continue for some time afterwards.

You know what to do right? Follow the tips below to protect yourself against these threats:

  • Your bank, the IRS, or any other legitimate organization will never ask you to divulge account information or passwords via email. Never give out this information, especially via email.
  • Don’t open emails that come from un-trusted sources.
  • Don’t run files that you receive via email without making sure of their origin.
  • Don’t click links in emails. If they come from a known source, type them in the browser’s address bar. If they come from an un-trusted source, simply ignore them.
  • Keep your computer protected. Install a security solution and keep it up-to-date. Also, before carrying out any kind of financial transaction on the Web, I recommend that you scan your computer with a second-opinion security solution, such as NanoScan.

Be kind to your friends, relatives, and associates and let them know that these types of scams are now epidemic on the Internet. In that way, it raises the level of protection for all of us.

To help you fight back, the following information has been taken from the official IRS web site and provides instructions on how to assist the IRS in shutting down these schemes.

The good news is that you can help shut down these schemes and prevent others from being victimized. If you receive a suspicious e-mail that claims to come from the IRS, you can relay that e-mail to a new IRS mailbox, phishing@irs.gov.

Follow instructions in the link below for sending the bogus e-mail to ensure that it retains critical elements found in the original e-mail. The IRS can use the information, URLs and links in the suspicious e-mails you send to trace the hosting Web site and alert authorities to help shut down the fraudulent sites. Unfortunately, due to the expected volume, the IRS will not be able to acknowledge receipt or respond to you.

IRS reporting site

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Bogus IRS Tax Notification Email – Don’t Be a Victim!

Despite the fact that I am a Canadian it seems the U.S. Government, by way of the Internal Revenue Service, wants to give me money for the second time in just a few months.

Back in February of this year, I received an email indicating I could expect a tax refund of $873.20, and just in the last few days I received an IRS Tax Notification email informing me that an additional $184.80 was mine if I just clicked on the enclosed email link.

Unfortunately, since I am a Canadian I will not be getting a refund from the IRS, but the cyber-criminals responsible for this email were hopeful that I would click on the enclosed link.

Clicking on the link would have redirected me to a spoof IRS page, comparable to the original site, and I would then have begun the process whereby the scammers would have stripped me of all the confidential information I was willing to provide. Information requested on the spoof IRS page includes; social security number, credit card and debit card numbers, postal address, and date of birth.

The financial and personal details entered are harvested by cyber-crooks who would then have used this information to commit identity and financial theft.

The reality is of course, the IRS doesn’t send out unsolicited emails asking for personal or financial information. Credit card numbers, ATM PIN numbers and additional financial information would never be required to enable you to find out the current status of your tax return, or your tax refund.

According to the IRS there are over 1600 IRS phishing sites operating, or online, at any given time in search of potential victims willing to hand over sensitive financial data. It’s easy to see that the emails I received are not isolated incidents. The IRS goes on to say that by their estimates, 1% of all spam email is an IRS phishing scam.

What makes this particular type of scam so potent is, the average person on receiving an email from an authoritative source, generally lowers their defenses. As well, giving the time of year, the timing is right. Be warned, IRS scam emails always ramp up before tax day and continue for some time afterwards.

You know what to do right? Follow the tips below to protect yourself against these threats:

  • Your bank, the IRS, or any other legitimate organization will never ask you to divulge account information or passwords via email. Never give out this information, especially via email.
  • Don’t open emails that come from un-trusted sources.
  • Don’t run files that you receive via email without making sure of their origin.
  • Don’t click links in emails. If they come from a known source, type them in the browser’s address bar. If they come from an un-trusted source, simply ignore them.
  • Keep your computer protected. Install a security solution and keep it up-to-date. Also, before carrying out any kind of financial transaction on the Web, I recommend that you scan your computer with a second-opinion security solution, such as NanoScan at www.nanoscan.com.

Be kind to your friends, relatives and associates and let them know that these types of scams are now epidemic on the Internet. In that way, it raises the level of protection for all of us.

To help you fight back, the following information has been taken from the official IRS web site and provides instructions on how to assist the IRS in shutting down these schemes.

The good news is that you can help shut down these schemes and prevent others from being victimized. If you receive a suspicious e-mail that claims to come from the IRS, you can relay that e-mail to a new IRS mailbox, phishing@irs.gov.

Follow instructions in the link below for sending the bogus e-mail to ensure that it retains critical elements found in the original e-mail. The IRS can use the information, URLs and links in the suspicious e-mails you send to trace the hosting Web site and alert authorities to help shut down the fraudulent sites. Unfortunately, due to the expected volume, the IRS will not be able to acknowledge receipt or respond to you.

IRS reporting site: phishing@irs.gov

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I Got a Refund Notice from the IRS – Except I’m a Canadian – What a Scam!

Like you, I love to get money back from the government. Since I am a Canadian, and I reside in Canada, when I do receive a refund on my income taxes that money comes from the government of Canada. Imagine my surprise then, when I received an email purportedly from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service advising me that I was eligible to receive an income tax refund of $873.20.

Tax refund (Message ID L9238s7ds8)‏

From:

Internal Revenue Service (efile@re-fund.co.us)

Sent:

February 23, 2008 9:51:16 PM

Reply-to:

efile@re-fund.co.us

To:

A Secure Way to Receive Your Tax Refund

After the last annual calculations of your fiscal activity we have determined that
you are eligible to receive a tax refund of $873.20.
Please submit the tax refund request and allow us 3-9 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.
To access the form for your tax refund, please click here
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 2008, Internal Revenue Service U.S.A. All rights reserved.

Unfortunately, since I am Canadian I will not be getting a refund from the IRS, but instead the scammers responsible for this email expected that I would click on the enclosed link. Clicking on the link would have begun the process whereby the scammers would have stripped me of all the confidential information I was willing to provide. The scammers would then have used the information to commit identity and financial theft.

The reality is of course, the IRS doesn’t send out unsolicited emails asking for personal or financial information. Credit card numbers, ATM PIN numbers and additional financial would never be required to find out the current status of your tax return, or your tax refund. The link in these phishing emails goes to a fraudulent IRS website, (http://spanishmegapixel.com/tien.da/images/.e-f), hosted abroad.

According to the IRS there are over 1600 IRS phishing sites operating, or online, at any given time in search of potential victims willing to hand over sensitive financial data. It’s easy to see that the email I received is not an isolated incident. The IRS goes on to say that by their estimates, 1% of all spam email is an IRS phishing scam.

What makes this particular scam so potent is the average person, on receiving an email from an authoritative source, generally lowers their defenses. As well, giving the time of year, the timing is right. Be warned, IRS scam emails always ramp up before tax day and continue for some time afterwards.

You know what to do right? Follow the tips below to protect yourself against these threats:

  • Your bank, the IRS, or any other legitimate organization will never ask you to divulge account information or passwords via email. Never give out this information, especially via email.
  • Don’t open emails that come from untrusted sources.
  • Don’t run files that you receive via email without making sure of their origin.
  • Don’t click links in emails. If they come from a known source, type them on the browser’s address bar. If they come from an untrusted source, simply ignore them.
  • Keep your computer protected. Install a security solution and keep it up-to-date. Also, before carrying out any kind of financial transaction on the Web, scan your computer with a second-opinion security solution, like NanoScan at www.nanoscan.com.

 

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Be kind to your friends, relatives and associates and let them know that these types of scams are now epidemic on the Internet. In that way, it raises the level of protection for all of us.

To help you fight back, the following information has been taken from the official IRS web site and provides instructions on how to assist the IRS in shutting down these schemes.

The good news is that you can help shut down these schemes and prevent others from being victimized. If you receive a suspicious e-mail that claims to come from the IRS, you can relay that e-mail to a new IRS mailbox, phishing@irs.gov.

Follow instructions in the link below for sending the bogus e-mail to ensure that it retains critical elements found in the original e-mail. The IRS can use the information, URLs and links in the suspicious e-mails you send to trace the hosting Web site and alert authorities to help shut down the fraudulent sites. Unfortunately, due to the expected volume, the IRS will not be able to acknowledge receipt or respond to you.

IRS reporting site: phishing@irs.gov

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