Now watch people forward this

Used to be, phishing attempts contained clickable links. This item contained no links whatsoever, and I looked at every last bit of it:

We at the Internal Revenue Service would like to inform you that, you have qualified for 2013, subsidy benefit.

Simply reply to this secure message with the following details below & you will be notified shortly.

Full Name:
Complete Address:
Telephone Number:

Social Security Number:
Date of Birth (mmddyyyy):

ID Type:
Issuing State:
ID Number:

Bank Routing Number:
Deposit Account Number:
Account Type:

Please disregard this message if you have already mailed your response.
©2013 Internal Revenue Service | U.S. Department of the Treasury

The key here, of course, is “reply to this secure message,” since any fool can hit the Reply button, and many do. The ostensible address is IRS.DESK@IRS.GOV; however, the Reply-To address in the header is Who knew the IRS had a branch in Germany?


  1. Tatyana »

    11 May 2013 · 3:28 pm

    so, Nigirians emigrated to EU?

  2. ms7168 »

    11 May 2013 · 4:33 pm

    The IRS does NOT use email! They are snail mail only and phone calls.

  3. CGHill »

    11 May 2013 · 5:26 pm

    You know that and I know that — but J. Random User may not know that.

  4. Kim »

    11 May 2013 · 5:46 pm

    I would gladly share Tuesday the subsidy you give me today. My email is

    Trust me.

  5. McGehee »

    12 May 2013 · 8:49 am

    Who knew the IRS had a branch in Germany?

    Zey haf vays uff makink you pay.

    /Hauptmann Obvious

  6. fillyjonk »

    13 May 2013 · 7:52 am

    I will say the alleged copyright notice at the bottom is a nice touch. Still: 4/10, would not respond.

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