New Phishing Scam – IRS Stimulus Package

February 9, 2009

Last week a Microsoft business client of Onsite Computer Services in New Orleans called regarding an email he received, purportedly from the IRS. The email is apparently a phishing scam circulating as fake IRS emails offering users stimulus package payments. These emails are designed to lure users to follow a link to a website or to complete an attached document. As with most phishing scams, the objective is to obtain personal information including social security and bank account numbers.

Users receiving the fraudulent email messages should forward the email message and the website URL to the IRS at phishing@irs.gov. US-CERT (United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team) has a current, regularly updated web page with a summary of the most recent types of security incidents.

US-CERT encourages users to do the following to help end the scam:

• NEVER follow unsolicited web links received in email messages.

• Refer to the Recognizing and Avoiding Email Scams (pdf) document for more information on avoiding email scams.

• Refer to the Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing Attacks (pdf) document for more information on social engineering attacks.

• Review the How to Report and Identify Phishing, E-mail Scams and Bogus IRS Web Sites document on the IRS website.

If you’re searching for New Orleans computer service or repair of your Microsoft based system or network, then call the Microsoft specialists at 504-469-6991. Onsite Computer Services, Inc. in New Orleans

You may also be interested in Onsite Computer’s Blog.

This New Orleans On-Site Computer Service post was provided by Eli Lucas. Eli can be reached at eli@onsitenola.com. Onsite Computer serves the Microsoft computing needs of small businesses throughout the Greater New Orleans area including Uptown, Lakeview, Broadmoor, Mid-City, Metairie, Jefferson, Kenner, Westbank, French Quarter, and the Warehouse District. Please visit our website for New Orleans Computer Service

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