I just got this email this morning with the rather serious-looking subject line:
“IRS notification of your tax appeal status”
Then it gets even worse…
Dear Chief Account Officer,
Hereby you are notified that your Income Tax Refund Appeal id#5499970 has been REJECTED. If you believe the IRS did not properly estimate your case due to a misunderstanding of the facts, be prepared to provide additional information. You can obtain the rejection details and re-submit your appeal by using the instructions in the attachment.
Internal Revenue Service
Oh, yes … the “attachment.” The attached file is disguised to look like a web page, but it is actually an attached file. Click on it and … who knows. You can count on malware of some sort.
Be careful out there in a computer world where attacks on your security and privacy are common place. While this email is pretty obviously bogus to anyone who is looking carefully, it is tax season. Hence, this one could get you, if you were seriously concerned about the message.