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Old Spammers Never Die

Death, Taxes

If you thought the already-classic spam purporting to be sent by public organizations, such as IRS, is by now old and forgotten, you are dead wrong. Or maybe just dead.

The proof is one of the recent medium-size waves addressing US recipients and trying to convince them that something is wrong with their accounts.

The dark irony is that the message – most likely part of a phishing or malware distribution scheme – aims to threaten taxpayers with a processing error caused by the person identified as the primary taxpayer or spouse on the tax return who is no more no less than… “deceased prior to the tax year shown on the tax form”. Pretty tenebrific, as you can see in the screenshot below.

Fig. 1 – In case you still have doubts, please notice the ‘Reply to’ field, which is… a LinkedIn address.

To avoid becoming the victim of on-line tax frauds and other tax-related scams, check these safety tips.

Safe surfing everybody!

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About the author


With a humanities passion and background (BA and MA in Comparative Literature at the Faculty of Letters, University of Bucharest) - complemented by an avid interest for the IT world and its stunning evolution, I joined in the autumn of 2003 the chief editors' team from Niculescu Publishing House, as IT&C Chief Editor, where (among many other things) I coordinated the Romanian version of the well-known SAMS Teach Yourself in 24 Hours series. In 2005 I accepted two new challenges and became Junior Lecturer at the Faculty of Letters (to quote U2 - "A Sort of Homecoming") and Lead Technical Writer at BluePhoenix Solutions.

After leaving from BluePhoenix in 2008, I rediscovered "all that technical jazz" with the E-Threat Analysis and Communication Team at BitDefender, the creator of one of the industry's fastest and most effective lines of internationally certified security software. Here I produce a wide range of IT&C security-related content, from malware, spam and phishing alerts to technical whitepapers and press releases. Every now and then, I enjoy scrutinizing the convolutions of e-criminals' "not-so-beautiful mind" and, in counterpart, the new defensive trends throughout posts on

Balancing the keen and until late in night (please read "early morning") reading (fiction and comparative literature studies mostly) with Internet "addiction", the genuine zeal for my bright and fervid students with the craze for the latest discoveries in science and technology, I also enjoy taking not very usual pictures (I'm not a pro, but if you want to see the world through my lenses, here are some samples, messing around with DTP programs to put out some nifty book layouts and wacky t-shirts, roaming the world (I can hardly wait to come back in the Big Apple), and last but not least, driving my small Korean car throughout the intricacies of our metropolis's traffic.