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Warning: Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS) Phishing Scam
There is a fraud risk of which we believe you should be aware. It is a phishing email posing to be the IRS and is related to the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS). This scheme uses an e-mail that claims that your tax payment was rejected and directs you to a website for additional information. This website contains malware that will attempt to infect your computer and gather sensitive information.
The IRS advises that if you do happen to receive a message claiming to be from the IRS or the EFTPS, please do the following in this order:
- Do not reply to the sender, access links from the email or submit any information to them.
- Forward the email as-is immediately to the IRS at email@example.com
- Permanently delete the email from your inbox.
Here is a sample of the above mentioned email:
From: EFTPS Tax Payment [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Subject: SECOND NOTICE: Your Tax Payment ID: 010334225 has been rejected.
Your Federal Tax Payment ID: 010375130 has been rejected.
Return Reason Code R21 – The identification number used in the Company Identification Field is not valid.
Please, check the information and refer to Code R21 to get details about your company payment in transaction contacts section:
In other way forward information to your accountant adviser.
The Electronic Federal Tax Payment System PLEASE NOTE: Your tax payment is due regardless of EFTPS online availability. In case of an emergency, you can always make your tax
payment by calling the EFTPS.
***Remember the IRS does NOT initiate communications through email.