ISG and the Help Desk have received multiple reports of a phishing email supposedly from the IRS asking you to update your information due to an upgrade of its servers. While it is obviously a phishing attempt, the incident is a good reminder to stay vigilant as emails like these arrive from a variety of senders (some from compromised Brown addresses) with different messages, but generally all with the same purpose: to convince you to give up personal information or direct you to a site where your account may be compromised.
If you received this email (example below) and have not already deleted it, please report it as phishing (in the email click on the down arrow to the right of the REPLY button and select “Report phishing”) to send that message to the GMail Team for analysis and filtering. Read more about how to spot a phish.
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From: IRS.gov* <XXX_XXX@brown.edu>
Date: Wed, Jun 5, 2013 at 3:38 PM
Subject: ***NOTICE: Re-Validate your IRS Information NOW.
This is to inform you that the IRS is upgrading its servers and we would like you to update your IRS information with the current and correct information by clicking on the link below and inputting the correct information.
To Re-Validate- < Click Here >
Make sure you fill the correct data to update your current IRS filing status.
NOTE: That Failure to comply may result in the loss of your information from the IRS Master File within the next 48 hours.
Director, Office of Privacy,Governmental Liaison and Disclosure
Internal Revenue Service
Room 7050 OS:P
1111 Constitution Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20224