IRS warns of scam
Posted: Friday, September 3, 2010 3:03 pm
The Messenger, September 3, 2010
The Internal Revenue Service issued an alert today regarding a new e-mail scam that uses the name of the government’s Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS) to lure victims.
“This scam claims you made a tax payment through EFTPS that was rejected,” IRS spokesman Dan Boone said. “Remember, the IRS never sends e-mails about your taxes.”
The recipient of this new scam e-mail is directed to a website which contains malware that may infect the user’s computer.
Anyone who receives this or any similar message claiming to be from the IRS or EFTPS is advised not to access links or submit any information. They should forward the message immediately to the IRS at email@example.com using the instructions at IRS.gov.
EFTPS is a tax payment system provided free by the U.S. Department of Treasury that allows individual or business taxpayers to pay federal taxes electronically via the Internet or by phone 24/7.
For information about other common tax scams, check out the IRS Dirty Dozen Tax Scams for 2010 at IRS.gov.