The Tax Evasion Email Scam
The perpetrator wants a bitcoin for not ratting you out to the “state’s department of taxation and finance”. Actually they want 1.4573 Bitcoins. In today’s market that’s $5,858.00.
As with every other current phishing scam, it’s a numbers thing. If they cast a wide enough net, they figure they will hit someone who has something to hide. If you’re not actually involved in whatever the scammer claims, clearly you have nothing to fear.
This was sent to one of my business catch-all addresses that is literally never used to send email.
(the first clue it is completely unfounded nonsense)
Here’s the full message that came in today:
Subject: d bOQFzFob5q
Not long ago someone from your circle downloaded a virus program that spread around the connected network.
I connected via the opened remote desktop connection, and got my hands not only on your financial documents, but also on company’s confidential information.
A brief glance at your tax forms affirmed that you are in fact involved in tax evasion.
Unless you want to suffer from the grave repercussions that can lead to significant jail time, you have to pay the following amount to this bitcoin address –
16ZW3ww224QkQ8Y2KckevgBCxPmMfz7eWr – 1.4573
Remind you the consequences for failing to do what is required of you will be that all of the docs that I’ve uncovered will be forwarded to your state’s department of taxation and finance. After repeated notices, the IRS will have no choice but to look closely into this matter. In the worst case scenario I’ll guide them in their thorough investigation.
You have 48 hours to finish the required task.
PS. This email is only used as an indication of whether you’ve read the letter or not. Do not even try to goad me on to let you walk away or contact the authorities – resistance is futile.
Don’t fall for these things.
Mark the sender as SPAM and don’t give it another thought.
Unless, of course you are actually guilty of tax evasion.
In which case you may want to roll the dice and hope for the best.
I do like the Borg tag line “resistance if futile” though.
A little trivia for you:
Rumor has it Microsoft owns the domain resistanceisfutile.com. It doesn’t actually go anywhere, so whoever owns it has it parked but not hosted.
Similarly, rumor also has it the other half of the phrase “you will be assimilated” to be owned by Microsoft. (youwillbeassimilated.com)
I have no proof of this, but it would make sense. It could also just be urban legend. I heard it probably 20 years ago, so by now the ownership could have changed.
The two domains are registered with different registrars, so most likely ownership is not the same for both.