IRS warns of new email scam

Thursday, September 2, 2010 at 11:45pm
Staff reports

It seems scammers are always looking for new ways connect with unsuspecting victims, and it appears their latest tactic is posing as the Internal Revenue Service.

The IRS issued an alert Thursday regarding a new scam that uses 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," said IRS spokesman Dan Boone, adding that the IRS never sends emails about taxes.

The recipient of this new scam email is directed to a website which contains malware that may infect the user's computer, he said in a release.

If you receive this or any similar message claiming to be from the IRS or EFTPS, do not access links or submit any information. Forward the message immediately to IRS at phishing@irs.gov using the instructions at IRS.gov.

For information about other common tax scams, check out the IRS Dirty Dozen Tax Scams <http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=220238,00.html> for 2010 at IRS.gov.
 

1 Comment on this post:

By: SailonFin on 2/23/11 at 10:28

Tax time is a dangerous time of year for unsuspecting customers. Criminals posing as IRS agents want to steal your identity. As with each year, it pays for working class individuals to protect themselves with information. According to the Shelbyville Times-Gazette, a new Internal Revenue Service e-mail scam is circulating that can infect your computer with malware and viruses and even place your sensitive financial data in the hands of identification thieves.