Online scammers, always quick to exploit the latest news event, are sending out e-mails promising economic-stimulus package payments but that instead steal sensitive data, the US-CERT warned on Friday.
The e-mails are disguised to look like official Internal Revenue Service communications. They offer a link to a Web site that asks for personal information or include a form that needs to be filled out and returned, the security organization said in an alert.
People who receive the fraudulent e-mail messages are encouraged to send the e-mail message and the Web site URL to the IRS at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CERT advises people against following unsolicited Web links in e-mails and offers more tips on its Web site.
The U.S. Senate was debating President Obama's $920 million economic-stimulus plan on Friday after the House of Representatives had approved a version.