Have you ever filed your federal tax online with Electronic Federal Tax Payment System — or EFTPS?
I will talk about a phishing attack that informs you that your federal tax deposit made online at Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS) has been rejected by the IRS.
This phishing attack is new for me – I never had it in the past. I was able to recognize it as an IRS identity theft attempt immediately – lucky me. What made it so obvious?
Misspelled words, English Grammar errors – that’s sign #1 of a phishing email for me. Even if IRS wanted to inform me of the filing problems, they would not be using misspelled words. It’s one of the IRS scams that is easy to recognize.
Hey Mr/Mrs – email scammer!
Thank you for being so ignorant. I hope you never bother learning to spell the words correctly. When I opened the email I was asked to go to a website. Once I saw the misspelled words, I understood that it was a fraud website that looked just like a legitimate site. It’s a bogus site. The purpose of this fraud website is to trick you into sending your personal information so the operators can steal your identity and run up bills or commit crimes in your name.
Opening the email is not dangerous. Clicking on the phishing email attachment, going to fraud website and filling out your userid, password and other personal and financial information – this is where the IRS identity theft danger is. It’s a NO, NO, NO. If you ever post that information on a fraud website you are running the risk of IRS identity theft and/or getting your fund funneled to an untraceable account overseas.
Please know that the IRS does not send official communications to taxpayers via e-mail. It just isn’t done that way. If you receive one of these email scams, forward the email in question to firstname.lastname@example.org
Protect Yourself from and Report Suspicious E-Mails or Phishing Schemes.
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There are many more IRS scams – watch out.