Saturday, December 03, 2005

Fake IRS, CIA, and FBI E-mails Are Phishing

. . . for Your Personal Information

The FBI has become aware of a spam e-mail claiming the recipient is eligible to receive a tax refund for $571.94. The e-mail claims to be from with the subject line of “IRS Tax Refund.” A link is provided in the e-mail to access a form required to be completed in order to receive the refund. The link appears to connect to the true IRS website.

However, the recipient is redirected to, where personal data, including credit card information, is captured. These emails are a hoax, a scam. Do not follow the provided link.

Be cautious when responding to requests or special offers delivered through unsolicited e-mail:

  • Guard your personal information as well as your account information carefully.

  • Keep a list of all your credit cards and account information along with the card issuer’s contact information.

  • If your monthly statement looks suspicious or you lose your card(s), contact the issuer immediately.

If you have received this hoax or a similar email,

please file a complaint at:

The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) is a partnership between
the Federal Bureau of Investigation (
and the National White Collar Crime Center (

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