Bellevue, Washington (PRWEB) July 09, 2011
Zabasearch.com, a leading online provider of public records and people search services, urges taxpayers to be aware of a new email scheme, where imposters are sending official looking emails claiming to be from the IRS.
According to a recent report from the Columbus Dispatch, the emails state that tax payments made through the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System have been rejected and need to be corrected by clicking on the embedded link and following the instructions. This link, when clicked, leads consumers to a site where they are prompted to download documents or software. When downloaded, this malicious software is used remotely by scammers to gather personal information about the email recipient. Those who fall into this trap are at great risk of identity theft and financial loss.
"(Phishing) is something that is very easy to set up," says Jon Miller Steiger, Director of the east-central region of the Federal Trade Commission, "You send an email that looks convincing, and you put a link in it that you hope consumers will click on."
To make it even more difficult to spot the malicious emails, scammers are using sophisticated images and logos that they have copied from corporate or government websites to make their emails appear authentic.
According to the FTC, which collects national data on consumer identity theft and fraud, scams like this are becoming more and more common. The FTC also states that the IRS doesn't send unsolicited emails to taxpayers about their taxes.
Zabasearch.com urges consumers to use caution when opening unsolicited emails, and offers the following tips to avoid being a victim of identity theft:
- Recipients of unsolicited emails should always carefully look at the address of the sender. Often fraudsters will have a strange address listed or will use some variation of the actual agency name they are impersonating.
- Never click on a link from an unknown sender.
- Never provide personal or financial information in email communications, reputable companies and agencies will never request sensitive information over email.
- People who receive emails similar to the ones described above should report them to firstname.lastname@example.org and then delete them immediately.
“Information on phishing or what to do if you think you are a victim of identity theft can be found on the Federal Trade Commission website, http://www.ftc.gov, or by calling its hot line at 1-877-382-4357,” Steiger said.
Zabasearch.com is a public records and people search engine that provides access to information based on a 10 digit number or name. Zabasearch quickly accesses public information and displays what is available in the public domain. Zabasearch simplifies the search process by allowing consumers to access thousands of public record sources. Zabasearch provides comprehensive information about the people and businesses consumers come into contact with every day.