Did You Pay Your Taxes Online? Don't Get Fooled by Fake IRS Email, BBB Says

Did You Pay Your Taxes Online? Don't Get Fooled by Fake IRS Email, BBB Says

October 8, 2012 Updated Oct 8, 2012 at 12:32 PM EST

(BBB news release) Pay your taxes online this year?

According to a news release from the Better Business Bureau:

Scammers are hoping to grab the attention of the many Americans who filed electronically. Watch your inbox for this latest round of phishing scams that poses as a IRS email. 
 
How the Scam Works:
 
You receive an email saying your federal tax bank transfer failed. It appears to come from the Internal Revenue Service, but look closely at the "From" line, and you will see another email address. 
 
The email gives a fake account number and urges you to check out the attached file, supposedly a Word Document explaining the details of the failed transfer. But of course, the file is really a virus.

The scammers behind this con are even craftier than usually. Some consumers have reported receiving a follow up email with the subject line "SECOND NOTICE: Your IRS federal tax bank transfer is cancelled."

Read the entire BBB news release HERE.




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