The IRS is warning taxpayers to be on the lookout for a new e-mail scam that uses the Treasury Department's Electronic Federal Tax Payment System as a hook to lure individuals into disclosing their personal information.
The system, which is used by more than six million taxpayers, allows businesses and individuals to pay all their federal taxes online or by phone.
The new e-mail scam looks like a page from IRS.gov, has many spelling and grammatical errors and claims to be from the "IRS Antifraud Comission" a fictitious group. The e-mail claims someone has enrolled the taxpayer's credit card in EFTPS and has tried to pay taxes with it. The e-mail also says there have been fraud attempts involving the taxpayer's bank account. The e-mail claims money was lost and "remaining founds," instead of "funds," are blocked.
Recipients are asked to click on a link that will help them recover their funds, but the subsequent site asks for personal information that the thieves could use to steal the taxpayer's identity.
For information on identity theft prevention go to the IRS Identity Theft Web page which can be found on IRS.gov. Enter the term "identity theft" in the search box in the upper right hand corner.