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DOJ warns U.S. citizens of phishing attack

No, the IRS is not after you (at least not via e-mail)

By Steven Schwankert
June 28, 2007 12:00 PM ET

IDG News Service - The Department of Justice is alerting e-mail users about a possible phishing attack using messages that claim to be from the DOJ.

In a news release Thursday, the DOJ said the e-mails may have the subject field or be addressed "Dear Citizen." It also said the messages may refer to a fraudulent U.S. Internal Revenue Service case filed against the recipient, and may contain a DOJ logo in the body of the mail or as an attachment.

The DOJ said the e-mail is a hoax, and asked recipients to neither open the message nor download any attachments that come with it, and delete the message immediately. The department said it would not contact users about such matters via e-mail.

Anyone receiving the e-mail is asked to file a complaint via a DOJ Web site

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