Important Info about Internet Viruses and Phishing Scams

Alerts - Important information about Internet viruses and phishing scams


Fraudulent NACHA Email Alert - 3/3/11

A fraudulent email from NACHA (National Automated Clearing House Association) has been sent to many companies and/or individuals informing the recipient of a cancelled or rejected ACH transaction and asking the recipient to click on a link to download a report with the details of the transaction. NACHA is a legitimate organization, but it does not process any ACH transactions nor would it ever contact any company and/or individual directly. If you have received such an email and clicked on the link, please inform your IT personnel right away. For more information about these fraudulent emails, please refer to the website of NACHA at

Phishing Scam Alert - 10/15/10

A new phishing scam is on the rise and is targeting well-meaning people just trying to get right with the IRS. The scam targets individuals using the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS) to pay their taxes. This system has been in place since 1996 and was established by the U.S. Department of the Treasury to allow people to easily pay their taxes online.

The recent fraudulent format uses an email message that claims to be a rejected tax payment and directs users to a fake website for additional information.

This scam follows the standard format of emailing potential victims, claiming something needs to be updated. In this case, it's especially heinous because the attackers are using the IRS to scare people. Many people are using the EFTPS system to pay taxes they owe on a payment plan.

Below is a sample of the scam email:

Your Federal Tax Payment ID: 01037547 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.