Spam Scam Email Stating "Our Records Indicate That You Are a Non-Resident Alien" Coming to Inboxes From Inland Revenue Services Suport@IRS.gov
Attachment contains IRS forms and letter from Steven Jobs
Spokane, WA - 11/20/08 - BBB has recently been made aware of a scam spam email that even hit the BBB info@ INBOX, tipping us off to the fact that this email is a scam.
The email reads:
From: Inland Revenue Services (support@irs.GOV)
Subject: please see the attachment
Attachments: Form W-4100B2 R-.doc; Form W-4100B2-.doc
If one opens this email, they will get an official-seeming letter from a "Steven Jobs" of the IRS. The letter reflects the official IRS logo as a masthead, and states: "Our records indicate that you are a non-resident alien," and proceeds to require you to fill out the two forms attached, and fax back to the number: 646-403-4499.
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