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FBI ALERT/IRS email is a scam

June 21, 2011 11 comments

Since I work in an accounting office a few people forwarded an email to me before clicking anything to see if it was harmful. The message title reads : “FBI ALERT/IRS” and here is the body:

—–Original Message—–
From: Seattle Washington [mailto:departmentfb@mail.com]
Sent: Monday, June 20, 2011 2:14 AM
To: undisclosed-recipients:
Subject: FBI ALERT/IRS

View attached file to read important Email from FBI/IRS. You are to contact
the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in Seattle, Washington 98174 for your Tax
Fee Clearance. find below their contact details:

Contact Person: Mr. Jake Potter

PRINCIPAL STAFF OFFICER INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE (IRS)

Contact Email : j.potter@blumail.org

Seattle Washington Department.

FBI_IRS.PDF FBI_IRS.PDF
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As you can see the email includes an attachment to be clicked, a PDF in this case.  This email is definitely a scam. I tested the PDF on a test system and it appears to be clean.  However you can see the text of this PDF below and see that it most definitely is a scam:

I thought it was a nice touch having the CC include the Supreme Court of the United States.

No matter what do no send an email or call the number in the announcement. It’s definitely a scam!!  For one this is not how government agencies communicate!!!  If you find any letters like this you are unsure of its best to find someone who can make the determination for you!

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