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May 16th, 2008

Fake US Tax Court Spam Installs Malicious Code

A new phishing attack circulating via email messages that claim to be petitions from the US Tax Court. The messages appear to be legitimate because they may contain very specific information about the message recipient. Messages request the the user to follow a link to download additional information about the petition but in reality malicious code may be installed on the system if the victim clicks this link.

According to United States Tax Court, many telephone calls were received with reports regarding an e-mail which purports to originate from the Court being sent by a practitioner member of the Tax Court. The Tax Court is not distributing any e-mail notice to anyone who currently has a case. E-mails with a subject line that includes the text, “US Tax Petition”, along with am incorrect docket number following the format #123-456, and a sender address of [email protected] or [email protected], should be ignored.

Users are advised not to follow unsolicited web links received in email messages and run anti-virus software with virus signature files up to date.

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