The IRS has issued a Problem Alert to advise taxpayers of a scheme targeting users of the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS). The scam begins with an e-mail telling the taxpayer the a tax payment has been rejected. The e-mail recipient is directed to a website for "additional information," but in fact that website contains malware that can potentially infect computers.
The IRS emphasizes that it does not initiate e-mail communications with taxpayers. Anyone who receives a message purporting to be from the IRS or EFTPS should:
(1) Not reply to the sender, open any links included in the email, or submit any information; and
(2) Report this, or other "phishing" e-mail scams or false IRS websites, to the IRS by forwarding the information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
[IRS Website, Problem Alerts –EFTPS Scam, 8/20/10].