Thursday, October 7, 2010

SCAM: Your Federal Tax Payment ID: 010363142 has been rejected

I use Google's Mail service for all my personal and business email accounts. In my opinion, they do a great job of managing all the spam and potentially malicious emails that are thrown each seconds at anyone's email accounts. That said, I still see the occasional email that's bogus and doesn't nearly everything right when it comes to being an effective scammer. Just this morning, I got hit up with an email that used my Google Checkout post ID to fill my Inbox with the following heads-up from the "IRS":

Your Federal Tax Payment ID: 01037542 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:
In other way forward information to your accountant adviser.
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.
 The .gov link that was included in the email is actually a link to (DO NOT CLICK THIS LINK) (I HOPE YOU DIDN'T CLICK THAT LINK).  I've been on the Internet a long time and I've learned to be constantly suspicious.  I know the IRS doesn't communicate directly with us taxpayers like this.  I also know the IRS wouldn't send a bulk email to not only me but dozens of other very similar email addresses to my own.  Here's how the email looked:

Also interesting to me is that I had purchased an item from over a year ago when my son was born and I did use Google Checkout to complete the transaction.  My guess is either's login credentials have been compromised or they're interested in another revenue stream - scamming customers with malicious links.  It's big business after all.

1 comment:

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