Don’t fall for the latest scam email claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service, the IRS is warning on its website. A new scam email is circulating the Internet regarding electronic federal tax payments or the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS).
The “phishing” email informs recipients that their federal tax payments made through EFTPS have been rejected. It instructs them to click a link which, unfortunately, is bogus, and downloads malware to infect the recipient’s computer. If you fall victim to this scam, the sender can capture your personal and financial information and commit identity theft.
If you receive a suspicious email claiming to be from the IRS or referencing the EFTPS system or electronic federal tax payments, do not click on any links contained within the email, open any attachments, or reply to the sender. However, you should report unsolicited email claiming to be from the IRS at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The IRS does not initiate taxpayer communications through email. This latest scam comes at a time when most employers are now required to use EFTPS to make federal payroll tax payments and other tax payments. It’s another way that scam artists are trying to hoodwink consumers into giving up their personal or financial information. Many phishing emails include seemingly genuine logos and mention specific programs such as EFTPS to appear more credible. Don’t fall for it!
If you think you may be a victim of identity theft due to this phishing scam, follow the instructions on the IRS website to report the incident.