Friday, September 10, 2010

Fake Emails From IRS - Another Scam

I don’t know about you, but I am not crazy about the idea of paying taxes. I realize I need to pay my fair share and I have no problem with that. But the thought of losing money to someone who is running a scam is something that I would like even less than paying taxes.

You can now pay your taxes electronically, through the Internet or over the phone. Scammers are taking advantage of that. They send out emails saying they are from IRS and that there is a problem with your payment or with your refund.

Here’s a tip: IRS never communicates with taxpayers, either individuals or businesses, by email. They use snail mail - you know the person who comes to your mail box and fills it with junk mail. So when you get an email from IRS - DON’T CLICK ON ANYTHING in that email. Also, do NOT respond to any email requests from IRS for personal information. You are being scammed.

The latest scam that IRS is reporting is targeted at users of the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS). The email says that there is a problem with the payment and that you need to go to a website for more information. The website will infect your computer.

Bottom line: You can ignore emails from IRS. Just remember, you can’t ignore snail mail from IRS. That is not a good thing.

By IRA Technical Consultant Beverly DeVeny and Jared Trexler
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