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IRS warning Ohioans about a new tax scam

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19 ) -- The Internal Revenue Service is warning taxpayers and businesses about a recent scam for those who pay electronically.

Recipients get an e-mail that claims to come from the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System. EFTPS is a payment system that lets taxpayers pay electronically using the Internet or telephone.

The e-mail says that payments made by the taxpayer through EFTPS have been rejected, according to IRS Spokesperson Jodie Reynolds. The e-mail directs recipients to a bogus website that contains malicious software that infects the victim's computer.

The IRS says 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 the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System.

"The IRS and the Financial Management Service, the Treasury bureau that owns EFTPS, never communicates payment information through e-mail, " says Reynolds.

If you receive an IRS related e-mail that you think is a phishing attempt or directs you to a fake IRS website, forward it to the IRS at phishing@irs.gov.

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