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california wildfire victim donation email scam
« on: November 05, 2007, 01:36:38 PM »

People should be on the lookout for a new e-mail scam soliciting donations to California wildfire victims in the name of the Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. government, the IRS said Friday.

The tax agency said the bogus e-mails appear to be a "phishing scheme" that tries to trick recipients into revealing personal and financial information that can be used to steal a person's assets.

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The agency said the scam e-mail urges recipients to click on a link which opens on a fake IRS Web site. That site includes a link to a donation form which requests the recipient's personal and financial information.

The IRS said it also believes that clicking on the link downloads malware, or malicious software, onto the recipient's computer. That software will steal passwords and other account information it finds on the victim's computer system.

The article continues with a request from the irs for all recipients of this scam email to please forward them to

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Re: california wildfire victim donation email scam
« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2007, 10:39:33 PM »
 :(  I hate predatory scams the most.  Feeding on people's natural tendancy to be giving in time of crisis is the WORST, in my book.



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Re: california wildfire victim donation email scam
« Reply #2 on: November 27, 2007, 05:23:38 PM »
 :053 I agree, there is nothing worse! I hope they all get caught  :grinch


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