Spam Gallery–Tax Draw Payment

The Spam Gallery is a series of posts that give examples of spam messages, explaining telltales signs of how they are spam.


Tax time in America, a time of windfall payments to countless people.  Some people see it as their yearly bonus, although it’s actually your own money being returned to you.  So it’s no wonder that a scammer would try to take advantage of this.

The biggest flaw of this email is the use of the term “Tax Draw”, which has no meaning in the U.S.  Other things of note would be:

  • A dollar amount that is ridiculous.  The only thing that this could hope to gain is curiosity.
  • A document that is a ZIP file, not a normal document format.
  • No personal details: no name, account number, contact information.  Not even a thank you.
  • Bare-bones instructions with poor grammar.

If an email isn’t personal, it isn’t for you.  It’s very safe to just ignore it.