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Phishing bait: E-mail from the IRS offers $80 to recipients who complete "member satisfaction surveys."
Example: [Collected on the Internet, August 2007]
Origins: Most of us really like getting something for nothing, even if the "something" is of modest value. Businesses sometimes take advantage of this prediliction through means such as enclosing crisp
So, a mailing that promised a whopping $80 for recipients who took a few minutes to fill out an
Dear Customer,But ... it all sounds too good to be true. Eighty dollars is a lot of money to offer people for filling out a simple eight-question survey asking them
You've been selected to take part in our quick and easy 8 question
survey. In return we will credit $80.00 to your account — Just for your time!
Please spare two minutes of your time and take part in our online survey so we
can improve our services. Don't miss this chance to change something.
Alas, this is merely yet another phishing scheme designed to steal personal information, in this case credit card numbers provided by unwary respondents expecting
Last updated: 29 August 2007
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