22 Oct 2010

IRS issues warning on new phishing scam

A new phishing scam targets consumers using the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System, according to the IRS. EFTPS is a free IRS service that allows users to pay taxes electronically, either by phone or over the internet.

Estimated tax payments, installment payments and business tax deposits can all be made with EFTPS. The phishing scam tells users their payment has been rejected, and directs them to a website where they are directed to input their personal information.

Jane Bryant Quinn of CBS Moneywatch advises potential victims to use common sense when confronted with suspicious emails claiming to be from the IRS. “The IRS does not get in touch with taxpayers by email. It sends you one of those mean-looking envelopes with a lot of black type in the upper left-hand corner,” she wrote.

The IRS advises users to never reply to or follow links from emails claiming to be from the IRS or EFTPS. It recommends reporting the email by forwarding it to phishing@irs.gov.