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6/19/17: Circulation of a Second Phishing Email
June 19, 2017 8:49 AM
A new phishing email is circulating the George Mason University community. This is a copy of the latest phishing email. If you get this message, DO NOT reply, DO NOT click any links, and DO NOT provide any personal information. Delete the bogus email. We never ask for this information via email. The Email Group is working on the list of who received the email and is closing the accounts of those who responded to it.
THE PHISHING EMAIL LOOKS LIKE THIS:
From: "U.S. Tax Court" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply-To: "email@example.com" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thursday, June 15, 2017 10:29 PM
To: “C…D” <c…>
Subject: Tax Notification #5693879
U.S. Tax Court ext#5693855
We inform you that you were suspected in violating of the U.S Federal law under "Title 26 USC ß 7201 - Attempt to evade or defeat tax".
In case you or your attorney are not able to face the court on the this day, please inform us by responding to current email with the specified reason. You have to respond not later than 10 workdays before the day of hearing.
Tax Notification [*link removed*]
Chief Secretary Prosecutor,
406 Second Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20217
BE AWARE: Messages of this type are malicious phishing* attacks. Do not respond. If you have responded contact the ITS Support Center at 703-993-8870 or via e-mail at email@example.com.
*Phishing is a term used by hackers who imitate legitimate companies and organizations in e-mails to entice users to share passwords, Social Security numbers, credit card or bank account numbers.
The Federal Trade Commission warns that victims of phishing can become victims of identity theft and offers tips on how to avoid it at www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/microsites/idtheft/index.html.
For additional information regarding the outage, please view the After Action Report.