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Issue 108 - November 2010 - Page 14

Pages in this month's issue:
  1. Muslims Praying Every Friday in Streets of New York Protest Message
  2. Unfounded Facebook Rumour - Thierry Mairot Wants to Talk to Children About Sex
  3. Security Warning Message - Black Device Connected to Keyboard
  4. Got a pencil? - Amazing Pencil Tip Sculptures by Dalton Ghetti
  5. 'New' Italian Police Car - Lamborghini Crash
  6. 'Interesting Fact' About October 2010 - 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays, 5 Sundays
  7. Jean Paul Garang Advance Fee Scam
  8. Revamped 'Life Owner' Hoax Uses Name of Real Virus - 'Here You Have It' Hoax Version
  9. Free Blackberry Storm for Forwarding Hoax
  10. Floating Rock 'Miracle' - Surprising Rock in Saudi Arabia
  11. Photographs of Monster Croc Caught at Borroloola
  12. Feeding the Eagles
  13. Corpus Christi - Gay Jesus Movie Hoax
  14. Rejected Federal Tax Payment Phishing Scam Email
  15. 'Bighorn Sheep' On Dam Wall Photographs
  16. Bogus Facebook Rumour - Thomas Cowling Wants to Talk to Children About Sex
  17. Fake iTunes Receipt Email
  18. 809 Area Code Scam Warning Email
  19. Baby Shot With Brad Nailer Prayer Request
  20. Internet Rumour - UNESCO Chooses Indian National Anthem as Best In The World
  21. Pen PC - Pen Shaped Miniature Personal Computer

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Rejected Federal Tax Payment Phishing Scam Email

Outline
Email purporting to be from the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS) claims that the recipient's federal tax payment has been rejected and urges him or her to follow a link to rectify the problem.



Brief Analysis
The email is a scam and is not from the EFTPS. Those who are tricked into following the link will be asked to submit personal and financial information on a bogus website. This information can then be collected by Internet criminals.

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Last updated: 8th October 2010
First published: 8th October 2010
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
About Brett Christensen and Hoax-Slayer


Example
Subject: Your Federal Tax Payment ID: 010363182 is failed

Your Federal Tax Payment ID: 010375249 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:

[Link removed]

In other way forward information to your accountant adviser.
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.



Detailed Analysis
This email, which purports to be from US tax payment service Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS), claims that the recipient's tax payment has been rejected due to a submission error. The message asks the recipient to click a link in order to review details about the error. The message includes a sender address and link that are seemingly valid EFTPS addresses.

However, the email is not from the EFTPS. The link in the message has been disguised so that it appears to point to the genuine EFTPS website. In fact, it is a phishing scam designed to steal personal information from recipients. At the time of writing, clicking the link in more recent scam emails that I have received invokes a "Page Not Found" error, apparently because the bogus website has been taken down. However, earlier instances of the scam emails opened a fake page designed to look like the genuine EFTPS. The fake page asked users to login to the system and provide personal and financial details. All information submitted on the bogus website is collected by Internet criminals and can then be used for fraud and identity theft.

The EFTPS has posted a warning about these phishing scams on its website, which notes in part:
Remember! EFTPS values your privacy and security and will never attempt to contact you via e-mail.
This scam campaign appears to be ongoing. A second wave of the scam emails is prefixed with the words "SECOND NOTICE" in the subject line. Scammers often put up new phishing websites to replace ones that have been taken down and change links in their scam emails accordingly. If you receive one of these emails, do not click any links that it may contain. Do not open any attachments that may arrive with the email.

Phishing scammers regular use bogus tax related emails as a means of tricking people into handing over personal information. Another scam campaign involves emails purporting to be from the IRS that claim that the recipient is eligible for a tax refund. Similar scams have targeted taxpayers in several other countries, including Australia, Canada, the UK and South Africa. Be very cautious of following links or opening attachments in any email that claims to be from the tax agency in your country or any other government department or law enforcement agency. Phishing scammers very regularly use such ruses to gain new victims.

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References
Check Links in HTML Emails
EFTPS Website
IRS Tax Refund Phishing Scam
Phishing Scams - Anti-Phishing Information
SCAM: Your Federal Tax Payment has been rejected (NCSAM)

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Issue 108 Start Menu

Pages in this month's issue:
  1. Muslims Praying Every Friday in Streets of New York Protest Message
  2. Unfounded Facebook Rumour - Thierry Mairot Wants to Talk to Children About Sex
  3. Security Warning Message - Black Device Connected to Keyboard
  4. Got a pencil? - Amazing Pencil Tip Sculptures by Dalton Ghetti
  5. 'New' Italian Police Car - Lamborghini Crash
  6. 'Interesting Fact' About October 2010 - 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays, 5 Sundays
  7. Jean Paul Garang Advance Fee Scam
  8. Revamped 'Life Owner' Hoax Uses Name of Real Virus - 'Here You Have It' Hoax Version
  9. Free Blackberry Storm for Forwarding Hoax
  10. Floating Rock 'Miracle' - Surprising Rock in Saudi Arabia
  11. Photographs of Monster Croc Caught at Borroloola
  12. Feeding the Eagles
  13. Corpus Christi - Gay Jesus Movie Hoax
  14. Rejected Federal Tax Payment Phishing Scam Email
  15. 'Bighorn Sheep' On Dam Wall Photographs
  16. Bogus Facebook Rumour - Thomas Cowling Wants to Talk to Children About Sex
  17. Fake iTunes Receipt Email
  18. 809 Area Code Scam Warning Email
  19. Baby Shot With Brad Nailer Prayer Request
  20. Internet Rumour - UNESCO Chooses Indian National Anthem as Best In The World
  21. Pen PC - Pen Shaped Miniature Personal Computer