'Tax Inspections Next Week' Malware Emails
According to this email, which purports to be from a tax advisor, the 'revenue service' is about to organise tax inspections for next week. Supposedly, the tax inspectors aim to make sure that you ' have settled the correct amount of taxes'.
The email recommends that you file a form contained in an attached file as a means of preparing for the tax inspection.
However, the email is not from any tax advisor and the claim that inspections are afoot are just a trick designed to get people to open the attachment without due caution.
Instead of a tax form, the attached .zip file contains a .exe file that, if opened, can install malware on your computer.
The exact purpose of the malware payload may vary. However, if installed, the malware will likely download more malware and steal sensitive information such as bank account login details and relay it to Internet criminals.
If you receive one of these emails, do not click any links or open any attachments that it contains.
Subject: Tax inspection notification
Trust this e-mail finds You well.
Please be notified that next week the revenue service is going to organize tax inspections.
That is why we highly recommend You to file the attached form in order to be prepared.
Inspectors are to determine whether You as a taxpayer have settled the correct amount of taxes.
According to our records, the inspectors license No. is 217-95218-6544-650. Please check as it is an important procedure rule.
We may discuss all the related matters by phone: +1 124-489-97. Feel free to contact us.
Attachment name: tax_757-71988-9903-677.zip
Zip file contains filed named: info_bank_pdf.exe
Last updated: June 29, 2015
First published: June 29, 2015
By Brett M. Christensen
Malware spam: 'Tax inspection notification'