This week’s question comes from Ben, a business owner. We received an e-mail from EFTPS stating that my federal tax payment had been rejected. Is there a problem with my EFTPS payment? Answer: On August 20, 2010, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued a Problem Alert regarding this EFTPS scam.
Text of IRS Problem Alert
There is a fraud risk you need to be aware of. It is related to the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS).
The IRS recently became aware of a fraudulent scheme targeting EFTPS users, the scheme uses an e-mail that claims your tax payment was rejected and directs you to a website for additional information. The website contains malware that will attempt to infect your computer.
- Do not reply to the sender, access links on the site or submit any information to them.
- Forward the message immediately to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- How to report and identify phishing, e-mail scams and bogus IRS websites.
- If you receive a suspicious e-mail or discover a website posing as the IRS, please forward the e-mail or URL information to the IRS at email@example.com.
- EFTPS is a tax payment system provided free by the US Department of Treasury. Pay federal taxes electronically via the Internet or phone 24/7. Visit EFTPS to enroll.
IRS and EFTPS Do NOT Send Unsolicited E-mails or Request Personal Information
Stay Vigilant Against Attacks Aimed at Stealing Your Personal Information
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