Have you received any really weird emails lately that look they are from the Internal Revenue Service? This type of tax scam emails surface on the internet from time to time.
Here’s a scam email I received this week:
(EXCERPT FROM TAX SCAM EMAIL)
“SUBJECT: LAST NOTICE: Your Federal Tax Payment has been rejected.”
Your Federal Tax Payment ID: 010375250 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.
2. m i. Robert H. DOROUGH, born 10 Feb 1704 in James City County, Virginia.
EFTPS: 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.
(END OF EXCERPT FROM TAX SCAM EMAIL)
If you receive an e-mail from someone claiming to be the IRS or directing you to an IRS site:
*Do not reply.
*Do not open any attachments. Attachments may contain malicious code that will infect your computer.
*Do not click on any links. If you clicked on links in a suspicious e-mail or phishing Web site and entered confidential information, visit the IRS Identity Theft page.
If you receive an e-mail or find a Web site you think is pretending to be the IRS:
*Forward the e-mail or web site URL to the IRS at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can forward the message as received or provide the internet header of the e-mail. The Internet header has additional information to help them locate the sender.
*After you forward the e-mail or header information, delete the message.
For more info on internet tax scams, check out this IRS website.