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Fake HMRC site: confirm-hmrc.com / onlineservice.confirm-hmrc.com

12
Jul
2011

This is a rather new phishing site, pretending to be a tax refund from the UK’s HMRC agency pointing to the domain confirm-hmrc.com (subdomains www.confirm-hmrc.com and onlineservice.confirm-hmrc.com).

Although the phish looks convincing, the HMRC don’t do tax refunds in this way. Usually they will just transfer the money to your bank account or alternatively send you a cheque. Furthermore, in my experience the HMRC only communicate by post and not electronic mail.

The site hosted on 218.108.75.53 in China. The same server also has the fraudulent domains account-update-westernunion.com, account-westernunion.com and accounts-westernunion.com. The domain registration details are fake:

Domain Name………. confirm-hmrc.com
  Creation Date…….. 2011-07-12
  Registration Date…. 2011-07-12
  Expiry Date………. 2012-07-12
  Organisation Name…. wu wu
  Organisation Address. 12 na
  Organisation Address.
  Organisation Address. miami
  Organisation Address. 12311
  Organisation Address. AL
  Organisation Address. UNITED STATES

Admin Name……….. wu wu
  Admin Address…….. 12 na
  Admin Address……..
  Admin Address…….. miami
  Admin Address…….. 12311
  Admin Address…….. AL
  Admin Address…….. UNITED STATES
  Admin Email………. [email protected]
  Admin Phone………. +1.12312312312
  Admin Fax…………

Tech Name………… wu wu
  Tech Address……… 12 na
  Tech Address………
  Tech Address……… miami
  Tech Address……… 12311
  Tech Address……… AL
  Tech Address……… UNITED STATES
  Tech Email……….. [email protected]
  Tech Phone……….. +1.12312312312
  Tech Fax………….
  Name Server………. ns2.confirm-hmrc.com
  Name Server………. ns1.confirm-hmrc.com

Blocking traffic to 218.108.75.0/24 will probably do no harm.

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