Sunday, February 19, 2012

Identity theft scam linked to IRS inquiries

You get an e-mail that says your tax payment was rejected, that the IRS needs more information.

Whoa. Stop right there. Go no further, or you're going to get ripped off for your identity.

There is a fraud risk that you need to be aware of. It is related to the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System and everyone should be on their toes, due to the fact that we are smack dab in the middle of tax season.

This scam is targeting EFTPS users and the scheme uses an e-mail that claims your tax payment was rejected and takes you to a website that requires you to present more information. However the website contains malware that will attempt to infect your computer. If you receive a message claiming to be from the IRS or EFTPS you should do the following.

Do not reply to the sender, nor should you access the links on the site or submit any information to them.

If you receive this message in your inbox you should forward the message as it was sent to you and immediately send it to the department that handles this at

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