The email message below: "IRS Notification Fiscal Activity," has a virus or Trojan horse attached to it that will infect your Windows computer if you open it. The message was not sent by Internal Revenue Service (IRS), but by cyber-criminals, who designed it to trick the recipients into opening the malicious attachment by claiming that they need to install a new digital certificates in order to correct some tax error.
But, the IRS will never send an email message asking you to install some form of software on your computer.
The Fake and Virus IRS Email Message
Subject: IRS Notification – Fiscal Activity!, IRS Notification 362589, IRS Notification 592822 or IRS Fiscal Activity 176183
Hello, [redacted] @malware-research.co.uk.
We notify you that last year, according to the estimates of tax taxation, we had a shortage of means.
We ask you to install the special program with new digital certificates, what to eliminate an error.
To install the program go to the link above:
Intrenal Revenue Sevrice
London W1K 6AH
The attachment SetupIRS2015.zip, contains the malicious file SetupIRS2015.exe.
If the malicious file is open, the recipients' computers will get infected with a virus or Trojan horse.
Once the recipients' computers have become infected with this malicious Trojan horse, the cybercriminals behind this email message will be able to access and take control of their computers remotely from anywhere around the world. They may spy on them, use your computer to commit cybercrimes, or steal their personal and financial information.
Now, if you have already opened anyone of these malicious attachments, please do a full scan of your computer with the antivirus software installed on it. The name of the attachment may change, so be careful when opening email attachments.
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Never open an attachment that has a name ending with “.exe”, because these are computer programs that can infect your computer with a virus or some other malware.
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The virus email message is similar to the following: