on the rise by Sharon Terdeman, PC Magazine, Pg. 68, October 18, 2005
a note from the IRS February 8, 2006...
if there weren't enough threats to have to watch out for, a variation
on phishing that targets employees at specific organizations merits
Known as spear-phishing, this social-engineering technique
e-mail address of the sender so that the message seems to come from the
same domain as the target. The message appears to be sent by a known,
trusted person from perhaps the IT or human-resources department -- or
even by a top executive of the company -- and it tries to pry passwords
or other sensitive information out of employees.
According to security company Message-Labs' June report, such
techniques are on the rise and are also being used to deliver malware.
As with more familiar phishing scams, spear-phishing e-mails
include links to bogus web sites.
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another form of identity theft to be aware of...
The IRS has urged taxpayers not to fall for phishing, a technique that
identity thieves use to get personal financial data from unsuspecting
victims. The thieves may pose as an IRS official and send an e-mail
asking for personal financial information. The IRS does NOT
send taxpayers e-mails.