Risk
5/9/2008
04:10 PM
Connect Directly
Google+
LinkedIn
Twitter
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%

Phishing Campaign Targets Tax Rebate Checks

The phishing messages claim that the fastest way to receive one's economic stimulus tax rebate is through direct deposit and include a Web link to an online submission form.

The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) on Thursday issued a warning about a phishing campaign designed to steal personal information from consumers using the promise of a tax rebate check as bait.

IC3 is jointly run by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the National White Collar Crime Center, and the Bureau of Justice Assistance.

The phishing messages claim that the fastest way to receive one's economic stimulus tax rebate is through direct deposit. They include a Web link to an online submission form designed to steal submitted information from those fooled into believing that providing personal data will hasten the arrival of their tax rebate.

The IC3 includes a sample phishing message that purports to be from the Internal Revenue Service. It warns recipients that failure to submit information by May 10 may delay the promised funds.

In fact, the IRS is sending economic stimulus payments, ranging from $300 to $1,200, out to about 130 million U.S. households this month. But it's not sending anyone e-mail offering to hasten delivery through direct deposit of the funds.

"Consumers are advised that the IRS does not initiate taxpayer communications via e-mail," IC3 warns. "In addition, the IRS does not request detailed personal information via e-mail or ask taxpayers for the PIN numbers, passwords, or similar secret access information for their credit card, bank, or other financial accounts."

Furthermore, IC3 advises against opening e-mail from unknown senders or clicking on links in such messages.

According to the Anti-Phishing Working Group, 29,284 unique phishing reports were submitted to the organization in January, an increase of more than 3,600 from the previous month.

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Cartoon
Current Issue
Flash Poll
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2014-2130
Published: 2015-03-05
Cisco Secure Access Control Server (ACS) provides an unintentional administration web interface based on Apache Tomcat, which allows remote authenticated users to modify application files and configuration files, and consequently execute arbitrary code, by leveraging administrative privileges, aka B...

CVE-2014-9688
Published: 2015-03-05
Unspecified vulnerability in the Ninja Forms plugin before 2.8.10 for WordPress has unknown impact and remote attack vectors related to admin users.

CVE-2015-0598
Published: 2015-03-05
The RADIUS implementation in Cisco IOS and IOS XE allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service (device reload) via crafted IPv6 Attributes in Access-Accept packets, aka Bug IDs CSCur84322 and CSCur27693.

CVE-2015-0607
Published: 2015-03-05
The Authentication Proxy feature in Cisco IOS does not properly handle invalid AAA return codes from RADIUS and TACACS+ servers, which allows remote attackers to bypass authentication in opportunistic circumstances via a connection attempt that triggers an invalid code, as demonstrated by a connecti...

CVE-2015-0657
Published: 2015-03-05
Cisco IOS XR allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service (RSVP process reload) via a malformed RSVP packet, aka Bug ID CSCur69192.

Dark Reading Radio
Archived Dark Reading Radio
How can security professionals better engage with their peers, both in person and online? In this Dark Reading Radio show, we will talk to leaders at some of the security industry’s professional organizations about how security pros can get more involved – with their colleagues in the same industry, with their peers in other industries, and with the IT security community as a whole.