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Daily Q&A: What should I do with e-mail from the 'Electronic Federal Tax Payment System'?

An e-mail has been circulating from the "Electronic Federal Tax Payment System." Does the IRS or U.S. Treasury Department send messages via e-mail?

No, the IRS and the Financial Management Service (the U.S. Treasury Department bureau that owns the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System) does not communicate payment information through e-mail, warns Alex Sink, the state's chief financial officer.

Sink recently issued a notice about the scam e-mail, urging consumers not to open the e-mail because "the e-mail then directs recipients to a bogus website containing malicious software (malware) that infects the intended victim's computer."

"To avoid the bogus website and malware, do not click on any links, open any attachments or reply to the sender for any e-mail you may receive that claims to come from EFTPS," Sink says in the warning.

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Daily Q&A: What should I do with e-mail from the 'Electronic Federal Tax Payment System'? 11/30/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 30, 2010 11:06am]
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