Saturday, May 4, 2013

EFTPS Scams on the Rise Again

EFTPS Scams on the Rise Again



Phishers and Scammers are becoming ever so clever these days. That’s why it’s important to be cautious and well informed.
The most recent scam appears to be a phishing scam. A colleague of mine received an  email just today from a scammer. The  emails circulating  looks like this or similar:
{Subject: EFTPS: Company Tax Payment Batch Has Been Rejected. Your Federal Tax Payment ID: 3874431340 has been rejected.
Return Reason Code R225 – The identification number used in the Company Identification Field is not valid. Please, check the
information and refer to Code R966 to get details about your company payment in transaction contacts section: }

This is a scam. Delete it immediately. Do not click on the link.
There are a couple of ways to identify this as a scam or phishing. One, check the “to” email address. If you use aliases in your email, these emails are often sent to those addresses.
Two, check the “from” and “reply to” email addresses. While this email claims to be from “customers@eftps.gov” (which sounds bogus to begin with), it’s even more telling that the “reply to” address is “smatteringok31@gmail.com.” Companies may be outsourcing a lot of things these days but I can assure you that the US Treasury is not outsourcing their collection efforts.
Lastly but most importantly, if you remember nothing else remember this: The IRS does not initiate contact with a taxpayer via email.
If you’re unsure about the possible contact from the IRS, contact them directly at 1-800-829-1040 or have your tax professional check it out for you.
You can forward such emails to the Internal Revenue Service in an effort to help shut down these scammers. Before forwarding the email, make sure the email is displaying full headers, and then forward the email to phishing@irs.gov. Please be aware that the IRS will likely not respond to your submission.
Don’t fall prey to these scammers and phishers.