Electronic Tax Payment Scam

Some of you may already know this and some of you may just now be getting these emails in your inbox. Yesterday, I was greeted with the following lovely message in my junk folder.

Notification: Your Federal Tax Payment has been rejected.
The problem is that system doesn’t process your company ID on holidays
and we movied your tax payment batch to awaiting list.
Status of your Tax Payment is Under Review.

To get more details about your company status and tax payment batch file, go to

Also forward information to your accountant adviser.


You are using an Official United States Government System, which may be used only for authorized purposes.
Unauthorized modification of any information stored on this system may result in criminal prosecution.
The Government may monitor and audit the usage of this system, and all persons are hereby notified that
the use of this system constitutes consent to such monitoring and auditing. Unauthorized attempts to
upload information and/or change information on this web site are strictly prohibited and are subject to
prosecution under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 and Title 18 U.S.C. Sec. 1001 and 1030.

Interestingly, they’re spoofing a .gov domain to send this, which I’m sure, is grounds for some sort of federal intervention. The email came from notification7302@eftps.gov and the link to eftps.gov is actually directing to ashmorgan.co.uk/about.html.

Do not respond to this message

As the EFTPS website states, this is a tax scam designed to elicit personal information. Simply forward it to phishing@irs.gov without editing it in any way.


Here, have some drugs

I pointed out last year something I thought was so blindingly obvious that it didn’t make any sense to keep up the charade. If anything, we should know by now that anything can be abused where it previously had some legitimate purpose.

And medical companies made good money pumping us full of this stuff.


Bayer was one of the premier providers of today's poisons.

This bottle was from 1901

This bottle was from 1901

Let's cure that cough with Heroin!

Let's cure that cough with Heroin!

And CocaCola was an early supporter of cocain. In fact, the name of the company comes from this particular ingredient.

Relieves tension by removing your inhibitions

Relieves tension, by removing your inhibitions

Of course, the academic community also encouraged it. As this Scientific American article from 1906 shows

Of course, the academic community also encouraged it. As this Scientific American article from 1906

Of course, it wouldn’t be fair if we left cigarettes out of this. After all, doctors loved Camels.

I wonder if any of these doctors are still alive... Probably not.

I wonder if any of these doctors are still alive... Probably not.

Even our former persident, the late Ronald Reagan enjoyed Chesterfields. Incidently, the brand got some attention again for being used in the movie True Romance in a part called the “Sicilian scene”.

Ronald Regan loves a good smoke

Ronald Reagan loves a good smoke

And, of course, Santa loved Pall-Malls.

I imagine it gets a bit chilly up there.

I imagine it gets a bit chilly up there.

Or is it Lucky Strike?

Does St. Nick get tired of being dragged in to be the posterboy for competing products?

Does St. Nick get tired of being dragged in to be the posterboy for competing products?

Producer of Marihuana

Yes, it’s real folks… And no it isn’t me.

Courtesy of the Library of Congress

Courtesy of the Library of Congress

So what magically changed between 1945 and today?

Legislation of morality does nothing but take the burden away from personal responsibility. Making it illegal hasn’t stopped it at all and, in fact, has given rise to a thriving community of criminals. Apparently we’ve learned nothing from prohibition. The similarities are blindingly obvious, yet somehow the exception in this ban.

What was once a business that was taxed just as alcohol was, suddenly became the demon of society.

But the big difference between alcohol isn’t the substance itself. It’s the culture that gave rise to its widespread popularity. It’s the customers and producers and their lifestyle. And not one of these categories matched the politicians’ view of the upright citizen who would brew, licensed, alcohol.

How is the person high on alcohol any less of a danger than the one on Ambien or Johnnie Walker? Let’s re-ban alcohol and institute new bans on prescription medication then. We are all for equality under the law, aren’t we?

And the claims that “Buying marihuana will help terrorists”? And I suppose Al Capone was Gandhi back then? The “terrorists” go for whatever makes them the most money in a short period of time. For all we know they’re probably renting houses to former owners of foreclosed homes. Maybe we should ban renting as well.

The reason they’re able to channel money away is because it’s illegal to produce here. And all for a century old bias. You want to stop the money flow? Stop making it illegal and tax it instead. You will never ever prevent people from doing whatever they please so might as well solve two problems at once.


I am in no way condoning the use of drugs (illegal or otherwise). I’m merely pointing out the glaring hypocrisy between the eras.

With all their flaws, the government just a half-century ago saw the wisdom of taxing a vice to bring in revenue. Not all old ideas are obsolete.