The Department of Justice (DoJ) is alerting e-mail users about a possible phishing attack using messages that claim to be from the DoJ.

In a news release Thursday, the DoJ said the e-mails may have the
subject field or be addressed “Dear Citizen.” It also said the messages
may refer to a fraudulent U.S. Internal Revenue Service case filed against the recipient, and may contain a DoJ logo in the body of the mail or as an attachment.

The DoJ said the e-mail is a hoax, and asked recipients to neither open
the message nor download any attachments that come with it, and delete
the message immediately. The department said it would not contact users
about such matters via e-mail.

Anyone receiving the e-mail is asked to file a complaint via a DoJ Web site.

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