Got a funny email - Brazilian scam?
Thread poster: Alexey Ivanov

Alexey Ivanov  Identity Verified
Russian Federation
Local time: 01:44
English to Russian
Dec 24, 2010

I haven't brushed up my Portuguese lately, but what I can gather from the email I received the senders are luring me into providing them with my pesonal data in order to get access to a deposit I have nothing to do with. But I think they aim at getting me answer their email in order to use the personal details in some sort of scam. Here's the text:
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Segue em anexo o comprovante de Depósito em conta da sua Restituição de IR (imposto de renda) 2010, No valor de R$16.345,19;
Pedimos que confira seus dados e extrato e verifique se todas as informações e valores estão corretos
Atenciosamente,
Julia Pedrosa
Receita Federal

Receita Federal (receita.fazenda.gov.br)
Rua Augusta, nº 1582 - São Paulo - Brasil
T: 55.11-3227-2418/7610

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The return address is "Julia.Pedrosa@receita.fazenda.gov.br"
The funny thing is that it is addressed not to any definite person, but "Recipients".
Surely it is a scam?


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Ivan Rocha, CT
Canada
English to Portuguese
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Scam Dec 24, 2010

It is a scam indeed - and an old one, by the way.

The Federal Tax Authority (Receita Federal) does not send such e-mails to taxpayers.

Regards,

Ivan


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Kiwiland Bear  Identity Verified
New Zealand
Local time: 10:44
Russian to English
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Attachment Dec 24, 2010

I take it there was an attachment coming with the mail? Probably a good idea NOT to open it unless you have reasons to believe that it MAY be legit (like if you had customers in Brazil recently). But even then - better use a sandbox machine for that if you have one and/or make sure your AV is up to date and reliable.

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Alexey Ivanov  Identity Verified
Russian Federation
Local time: 01:44
English to Russian
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Oh, yes, there was. Dec 24, 2010

Kiwiland Bear wrote:

I take it there was an attachment coming with the mail? Probably a good idea NOT to open it unless you have reasons to believe that it MAY be legit (like if you had customers in Brazil recently). But even then - better use a sandbox machine for that if you have one and/or make sure your AV is up to date and reliable.


and I surely did not open it for exactly the reason you mention: I have no business in Brazil and certainly have never had any bank deposits in any financial institution of the country. But I marvel at the ingenuity of the scammers hoping that simple human curiosity will make you open the attachment (with a virus, no doubt).


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Alexey Ivanov  Identity Verified
Russian Federation
Local time: 01:44
English to Russian
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Thank you, Ivan, Dec 24, 2010

Ivan Rocha wrote:

It is a scam indeed - and an old one, by the way.

The Federal Tax Authority (Receita Federal) does not send such e-mails to taxpayers.

Regards,

Ivan


I thought as much (that it is a scam), but did not know it was an old one.

Best,

Alex


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