Asked by Anonymous
I received an email the other day that I believe is a scam using the IRS as the sender. Where can forward this to have it checked out?
The IRS has recently issued warnings about phony e-mails that are trying to steal your personal information.
If you receive an e-mail that claims to be from the IRS and asks for your personal information, follow these steps:
- Do not reply.
- Do not open any attachments. Attachments may contain malicious code that will infect your computer.
- Do not click on any links. If you clicked on a links and entered confidential information, visit the IRS identity protection page.
- Forward the email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- After you forward it, delete the original email message.
Learn more about how to report suspicious e-mails or phishing schemes to the IRS.
The FBI identified a new phishing scam online that targets your bank accounts. The scam is called “Gameover.” Once the virus is on your computer, it can steal all of your user names and passwords before you realize what has happened.
How It Works
The Gameover scam will email you, pretending to be from the National Automated Clearing House Association (NACHA), the Federal Reserve Bank, or the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). The email will say that there has been a problem with your bank account or a recent transaction, and will include a link to help fix the problem. The link will send you to a phony site, where the Gameover malware is automatically installed on your computer and starts stealing your bank account information.
If you think you’ve been victimized by this type of scheme, contact your financial institution to report it, and file a complaint with the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center.
Learn more about the Gameover Scam.
Learn about how to prevent or respond to identity theft.
ATM skimming happens when your credit or debit card number is stolen during what seems like a normal transaction. Some card readers have been rigged to look completely normal, but underneath they have a “boot” that captures your card information and stores it, so someone can use it for their own purposes.
It is extremely difficult for the average person to detect the device over the card slot reader. However, credit card companies can help. If you submit a fraud claim, credit card companies can find patterns based on where their cardholders shop and investigate specific locations.
The FBI offers these tips to help you avoid being the victim of ATM skimming:
- Inspect the ATM, gas pump, or credit card reader before using it. Be suspicious if you see anything loose, crooked, or damaged, or if you notice scratches or adhesive/tape residue.
- When entering your PIN, block the keypad with your other hand to prevent possible hidden cameras from recording your number.
- If possible, use an ATM at an inside location (less access for criminals to install skimmers).
- Be careful of ATMs in tourist areas. They are a popular target of skimmers.
- If your card isn’t returned after the transaction or after hitting “cancel,” immediately contact the financial institution that issued the card.
Learn more about ATM skimming from the FBI.