SAT Identifies Phishing Emails Impersonating the Agency
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SAT Identifies Phishing Emails Impersonating the Agency

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Tomás Lujambio By Tomás Lujambio | Journalist & Industry Analyst - Fri, 10/20/2023 - 13:04

The Mexican Tax Administration Service (SAT) identified 2,262 fraudulent email accounts and 13 counterfeit websites attempting to deceive taxpayers in its name. These deceptive emails employ identity theft techniques, aiming to extract personal and confidential information from unsuspecting victims. These social engineering attacks highlight the evolving landscape of online fraud and underscores the role of public cybersecurity awareness as to protect against suspicious communications.

Cybercriminals in Mexico are leveraging AI tools to craft realistic emails aimed at manipulating individuals to reveal their private information, which is later exploited for financial gain. These emails often aim to mimic official communications from respected authorities, like the SAT, warning recipients about alleged fiscal irregularities or appointments. When successful, these techniques coerce individuals into filling out forms with general information under the pretense of issuing a refund or avoiding legal actions. 

However, SAT later disclosed that it never requests file execution or demands personal information through email communication. It also emphasized that the official SAT website does not employ the ".org" domain and advised citizens to report any suspicious communications through its official webpage. To mitigate the potential risks associated with these types of phishing scams, it asks taxpayers to access the official portal as a way to remain informed about best cybersecurity measures and solutions. 

With this tool, the SAT creates a record of fake websites to monitor based on the reports made by taxpayers that received a deceptive, according to the official SAT website. These surveillance efforts underscore the crucial role of awareness and caution in protecting taxpayers from sophisticated online scams.

Similarly, state-owned company PEMEX, has also been the target of fraudulent emails impersonating the company. By leveraging AI, online scammers have crafted convincing videos featuring entrepreneur Carlos Slim, enticing recipients to ‘invest’ significant sums in PEMEX with promises of staggering monthly profits amounting to MX$300,000. Following the lead of SAT's efforts, PEMEX has also established a dedicated channel for reporting misinformation and fraudulent schemes under the company’s authority. 



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