Don’t fall for phishing emails claiming your IRS tax payment failed

If you paid your taxes online this year, you’re at risk of being scammed. Scammers are targeting those that paid their taxes online with a phishing scam posing as the IRS.

How the Scam Works: You receive an email saying your federal tax bank transfer failed. The email appears to come from the Internal Revenue Service, but if you look closely at the “From” line you will notice the email address doesn’t mention anything about the IRS.

The email gives a fake account number and urges you to open the attached file to see the details of the failed transfer. But of course, the file is a virus.

Here’s a sample of the email:

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.”

What should you do if you receive this email or any phishing email?  

  • Don’t click any attachments or links. If you did download the file, be sure to run a virus scan on your computer.
  • If you’re truly concerned about your IRS payment, contact the IRS directly.
  • If you receive the above message or any suspicious email posing as the IRS, forward the message to phishing@irs.gov.

The IRS website has examples of common phishing scams using the IRS name and tips for dealing with them.