Tuesday, January 13, 2009

The worst kind of spam

Gmail has a pretty good spam filter that catches most of the junk in my in box. It routinely filters out the scams claiming I won lotteries, the requests for me to help someone get their money out of country, and the male enhancement ads.

This one just really pisses me off; it appears it comes from the IRS with an official looking header and reads:

"After the last annual calculations of your fiscal activity we have determined that you are eligible to receive a Stimulus Payment.Please submit the Stimulus Payment Online Form in order to process it.A Stimulus Payment can be delayed for a variety of reasons.For example submitting invalid records or applying after the deadline.To submit your Stimulus Payment form, please download the document attached to your email.Note: If filing or preparation fees were deducted from your 2007 Refund or you received a refund anticipation loan, you will be receiving a check instead of a direct deposit"

Gmail also filtered this and placed a red banner across the top identifing it was from an unknown sender. Still, I worry about all the people that might receive this, and give their personal information to these scammers.

1 comment:

  1. I too find spam filters sometimes let garbage through. Best to be alert before taking any link found in your email.