Posted August 18, 2011
The IRS and FDIC are both reporting new phishing attacks.
The IRS phishing attack is targeting consumers. The emails appear to be from firstname.lastname@example.org or Supportmanager@irs.gov. The emails have a subject line of “IRS Notification
”. The email indicates the consumers tax filing has not been processed due to missing information.
The emails are a scam and the consumer should not respond to or open any attachments. The IRS will not communicate with consumers in this manner.
The FDIC phishing attack is targeting business customers. The emails appear to be from email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, and email@example.com with a subject line of “FDIC: Your business account
The email is addressed to "Dear Business Customer" and states "We have important information about your financial institution. Please click here to find details." It then states, "This includes information on the acquiring bank (if applicable), how your accounts and loans are affected, and how vendors can file claims against the receivership."
The emails are a scam and business customers should not respond to or open any attachments. The FDIC will not communicate with bank customers in this manner