Hackers are disguising themselves as the Inland Revenue Agency to steal our data, in the fake emails they threaten the user with a fine exceeding one thousand euros
A new scam is spreading via email. This time cyber criminals are trying to disguise themselves as the Internal Revenue Service. To report the danger was the Commissariat of State Police through its Facebook page. It is important to trash the message and not to click on the links.
To understand how to defend yourself from this new scam, and more generally from the continuous attempts of fraud that circulate via email, it is important to understand how these attacks are structured. The fake message of the Agenzia dell'Entrate exploits the logo of the institution but presents some details that must make us understand that it cannot be an official communication. First of all, the incipit: "Dear taxpayer" followed by our name. If we pay attention we notice that between our name and the other word there is a lot of space. This is because it is a standard email sent to everyone. And that's why the space depends only on the length of our name.
How the scam works
Phishing emails often have a lot of spaces between one word and another precisely because they serve to enter our personal details, which change from user to user, and which serve to make us fall into the trap. In the fake email from the Revenue Agency we are urged to click on two links to update our data. Following a verification would result, in fact, that there are inconsistencies on our profiles. If we do not hurry to update our information we risk a fine of more than a thousand euros. Obviously this is not true. And the figure is also high on purpose. It wants to scare people and entice them to click on the link that only serves to infect our computer and steal our personal data. The same Inland Revenue Agency on its website has urged all users not to trust these messages, which should be immediately reported and eliminated. Remember that official bodies such as the Inland Revenue communicate with citizens only through standard channels. Such as registered mail and communications in the Reserved Area of their website. So let's never believe fines, bills or payments that come to us on WhatsApp or via email.