The Federal Government of the United States of America isn’t going to send you an email saying your tax payment failed. The latest email scam has “EFTPS TAX PAYMENT” in the title. It’s trying to fool you into making an EFTPS payment to a fake address. The address looks legit, but it isn’t. It’s a redirected URL that will take you to a scam site. It all looks legitimate, but it isn’t. As I said, The EFTPS system will NOT send you an email asking for money.
Don’t click on any link sent to you an in email that solicits payments. Let me repeat: DON’T CLICK ANY LINKS IN EMAILS THAT ASK FOR PAYMENTS. That is a steadfast rule you should follow at all times for every communication sent to you. If you think you may, in fact, owe a company, store, etc. a payment, start up another tab or window in your web browser and type in the name of the company in the search bar. Find the official site URL. Get to the site and go into your account. NEVER use the link from any email sent to you that asks for payments, or for that matter, password changes (If you’ve requested a password change from a site, then OK, but this is the only exception).
I received this “EFTPS” email about 6 times today, all in the same account. It listed different federal tax payment ID numbers, of course, none of which were even close to my Social Security Number. If you receive this email, put the sender in your “Spam” filter and delete the email immediately. THE EFTPS EMAIL IS A SCAM. Do NOT click the link.
Your Federal Tax Payment ID: 010375185 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.
Snopes.com, a scam awareness site, doesn’t have anything on “R21” yet, but here is a list of all the entries on the site that mention “Federal Tax” http://search.atomz.com/search/?sp-q=federal+tax&x=13&y=11&sp-a=00062d45-sp00000000&sp-advanced=1&sp-p=all&sp-w-control=1&sp-w=alike&sp-date-range=-1&sp-x=any&sp-c=100&sp-m=1&sp-s=0
Snopes does have an entry for a similar EFTPS email, one that says the EFTPS payment was rejected: http://www.snopes.com/fraud/phishing/irsrefund.asp