October 12, 2010 by staff
EFTPS, A new phishing scam is growing and are well-intentioned people trying to get right with the IRS. According to McAfee, the scam targets individuals using the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (TVET) to pay their taxes. This system has been established since 1996 and was created by the U.S. Treasury Department to allow people to easily pay their taxes online.
The format of past fraudulent use of an e-mail claiming to be a tax payment rejected and directs users to a fake website for more information.
This scam follows the standard format of emailing potential victims, saying that something needs to be updated. In this case, it is particularly heinous because the attackers are using the IRS to scare people. Many people use the TVET system to pay the taxes they pay on a payment plan.
These plans are established by the IRS and can sometimes be very reasonable depending on your situation. The downside of this is that the IRS will promptly terminate your contract if you miss even a single payment. That means you could be subject to garnishment of wages, privileges, and perhaps even jail time. There is no negotiation. Most users who receive this email TVET fraud are probably trying to break their index click on the link for more info.
The fraudulent message:
Your ID TVET tax payment was rejected.
Report ID: ***. ID your payment of federal taxes: *** has been denied. Return Reason Code R # # – The identification number used in the company ID is invalid. Please review the information and indicate the R code # # to obtain information about your payment transaction business contacts section: ******* http://www.eftps 7.com / Contacts
These types of scams can only work with your cooperation. They will try dirty tricks to get you to click on some random link spam to get your information and / or money. We saw this recently when fraudsters used in disaster Haiti as a tool. If you have any suspicions whatsoever whether an email is a scam or not, it probably is.
Above all, remember this bit of information: The IRS does not contact taxpayers by e-mail. Not a “call me”, not “you are suffering” and especially not a “you owe us some money.”
The most important institutions in your life, such as IRS and your bank, rarely contact you about something important by e-mail. Do not blindly trust the information in your email interface tells you. View header (“show details” or “fresh perspective” in Gmail) and watch the e-mail address and real answer.
If you are unsure of a link in your e-mail, IM, Twitter, Facebook, or anywhere, simple checks you can do is hover over and look at the status bar of your browser to check where it goes. The best things you can do are leaving him alone and find another way to contact the suspected source.
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