The fine Farsi-speaking folks in Iran have recruited the IRS in a phishing scam.

Not.

Phishing is a bastard child of the Internet: email scamming to get enough personal information to steal that person’s identity and/or loot that person’s bank account and credit line.

A new variant just landed with a slimy plop in my inbox:

After the last annual calculations of your fiscal activity we have determined that you are eligible to receive a tax refund of $109.30. Please submit the tax refund request and allow us 6-9 days in order to process it.

A refund can be delayed for a variety of reasons. For example submitting invalid records or applying after the deadline.

To access the form for your tax refund, please click here

Regards,
Internal Revenue Service

© Copyright 2007, Internal Revenue Service U.S.A..
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The original contained a link (not reproduced above) with an IP address based in Iran. It’s unlikely that the Internal Revenue Service has outsourced tax refunds to a country that’s busy exporting terrorist training and munitions to Iraq.

The copyright notice is window dressing.

The string of nonsense letters below the copyright notice is likely there to allow the email to skip past spam filters.

Don’t fall for this scam.

[cehwiedel also writes at cehwiedel.com]

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