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There are numerous scams, schemes and outright fraud on the internet today. It seems like the larger the internet is growing the greater the likelihood that you will be the recipient of one of these bogus emails, or any one of the many tax fraud attempts out there designed to separate you from your money or identity. Phishing schemes as they are sometimes called involve the scammer sending out literally thousands of similar emails to random addresses. The more of these bogus emails they send out the higher their chances of a “catch”. Do not become their next phish…
The following is the tax scam email I received in it’s entirety:
THE EAISEST WAY TO PAY YOUR FEEDRAL TAXES
Your Federal Tax Payment ID: 01037591885 has been not accepted.
Pelase, make sure that all infomration you have submitted is correct and refer to Code R21 to find out the informtaion about copmany pyament. Plaese cotnact this page if you have any questions:
Reutrn Reason Code R21 – The idnetification nmuber you etnered in the Copmany Identifictaion Feild is not functional.
Try senidng ifnormation to your acconutant advsier using other opitons.
EFTPS: The Electronic Federal Tax Payment System
You are uisng an Offiical United States Government System, which may be used only for authorzied purposes. Unauthorized modification of any information stored on this sytsem may result in criminal prosecution. The Govermnent maymonitor and audit the usage of system, and all presons are hereby notified that the use of this system cnostitutes conesnt to such monitoring and auditing.
Unauthorized attempts to upload inofrmation and/or change information on this web site are stritcly prohibited and are subject to proescution under
theCmoputer Farud and Abuse Act of 1986 and Title 18 U.S.C. Sec. 1001 and 1030.
What do I need to be on the alert for to detect a tax scam?
Once you have read this email, you will note that it is full of misspelled words and inconsistencies. Obviously if this were to come from the Franchise Tax Board (but it wont), it would have said so, and the spelling would have been correct. I especially love the last paragraph where these scammers warn you against computer fraud!
Most of these phony emails are designed two fold. One way a scheme like this will hurt you is through the scammer getting your bank information. The other way this will hurt you is identity theft. If the person perpetuating this fraud gets your bank information they will always ask for the “swift code” this code in addition to your banking information will allow them to withdraw all your money! With the rest of your information they will have the ability to send someone to the country and impersonate you, or the scheme may be identity theft, which likely may involve taking out credit in your name and then defaulting on the payments, leaving you holding the empty bag!
As badly as this phishing email reads, it is clear that there is the occasional person who, for whatever reason falls for this type of phishing scheme. Otherwise they would have no reason to keep attempting this kind of fraud, and the scheme would have been abandoned long ago and there would not be several variances of this same identity theft theme floating around the internet!
Stay on your guard against internet fraud and scams, keep informed and when in doubt check things out!
So Just How Do You Identify A Scam?
fraudulent emails are almost always addressed to “undisclosed-recipient” The real deal would address you by name…
phishing emails often are filled with misspellings and bad grammer
Phishing emails never address you by name unless you have responded to one of their fraudulent emails previously
fraudulent emails always tell you not to discuss their email with anyone
Scam emails always offer to give you money that you are not entitled to
But the money they take is YOURS!!!
- How to Protect Yourself Against 3 Common Scams (quizzle.com)
- Beware of IRS Phishing Scams this Tax Season (brighthub.com)
- Big Scams for EFTPS with a Double Twist to It (lockergnome.com)
- Phishing Scam Information – What a Phishing Scam Looks Like (brighthub.com)