The eagle and the phish

They’re not even trying anymore, I think. Today’s spam is fudged to appear to come from service at IRS.gov, and it says:

After the last annual calculations of your fiscal activity we have determined that you are eligible to receive a tax refund of $209.30.

You are wrong, involuntary-conversion breath, but no matter. The proffered link to “access the form for your tax refund” is http://211.20.241.149/IRS.gov/ which, I need hardly point out, does not go to the Infernal Internal Revenue Service.

Further amusement:

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

Indicate this, pal. Oh, and at the end:

© Copyright 2007, Internal Revenue Service U.S.A.

Shouldn’t be too hard to write off this intellectual property.





4 comments

  1. GreenCanary »

    24 September 2007 · 8:54 pm

    I wonder how one gets “criminally indicated.” I might make it my lifelong pursuit.

  2. McGehee »

    24 September 2007 · 9:22 pm

    service at IRS.gov

    Lord have mercy. What’s next, criticalthinking at MoveOn.org?

  3. Dr. Weevil »

    24 September 2007 · 10:42 pm

    ‘Index’ is Latin for the pointing finger, still called the ‘index finger’, but I think the next finger, the ‘digitus impudicus’ or obscene finger, is called for here.

  4. Dan B »

    24 September 2007 · 11:22 pm

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

    I think the Phishers are getting tired of my deliberately wrong credit card number submissions.

    I am not worried about accidentally submitting a valid number, and even if I did, there is a 1/36 chance of having the right expiration date, a 1/1000 of having the right CVV number (the one on the back of the card), and a ZERO chance of having the right name (unless your name is something obscene).

    I figure that if enough Russian mobsters get embarrassed with fake cards and kill enough hackers, this problem will eventually fix itself.

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