In The News: Beware—Fake Tax Payment Rejection Notice

Security Caution Tape on keyboardIt’s not unusual for cybercriminals to use a current event-themed spam campaign; and in this case they’re taking advantage of the many Americans filing their taxes. An email pretending to be from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service will inject the ZeuS Trojan malware onto your computer. ZeuS is famous for finding banking and credit card information on your computer and stealing your funds; and it does it very quickly and silently.

This email contains the following “warning”:

“Urgent Report! Your Federal Tax Payment ID: XXXXXXXXXX has been rejected.

Return Reason Code R21 – The identification number used in the Company Identification Field is not valid.

Please, check the attached information and refer to Code R21 to get details about your company payment in transaction contacts section.”

Guarding against this and other like-minded criminal spam devices takes a mindset of being suspicious of every email you receive that you didn’t expect…I repeat: be suspicious of every email you receive that you didn’t expect. I know this mindset is a turnoff to some of you and an inconvenience to some of you. And to those folks I say, very respectfully, grow up, get a grip, or stop using the Internet…it’s just that important.

Remember: Be very careful—it’s dangerous out there.

Ref: Help Net article Fake tax payment rejection notice delivers Zeus variant.

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