June 27th, 2011

Fraudulent FFIEC and IRS Emails

The bad guys never rest.

The SMCU Risk Management Team received notice of two more email scams making the rounds. This time the emails appear to come from the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

The fraudulent FFIEC emails come from “inform@ffiec.gov” and have a subject line of “FFIEC case number 35412.” The messages vary but usually refer to a “subpoena” or “suspect activity on your account.”

The fraudulent IRS emails refer to an electronic federal tax payment being rejected. The email includes a link to a bogus transaction report that when clicked launches a self-extracting malware program that attempts to record victims’ personal and financial information and transmit it to the scammers.

Please be aware that neither the FFIEC nor the IRS communicates this kind of information via email. If you receive either of these emails, do not click any link they contain. Immediately delete the email.

If you have clicked on one of these links and are worried that you may become a victim of identity theft, contact SMCU as soon as possible. We can help you take steps to minimize any damage these crooks might do.

Additional information about these scams can be found at the FFIEC and IRS websites.

One Response

  1. Kathy S. says:

    I received an e-mail supposedly from the National Association of Credit Unions that a payment was rejected from my account and to fix it I should click on the link provided. Needless to say I didn’t. This is a new scam to me.