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Attention: Fake IRS (EFTPS) notifications

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Message edited at 10/22/2010, 06:32:27 AM by Admin
We kindly ask you not to access any links provided in messages that seem to come from the IRS regarding your taxes - usually with the title of Electronic Federal Tax Payment System Notification (EFTPS). This mail hasnothing to do with the withholding taxes procedure.

Neither the IRS nor Dreamstime sends these messages so do not open them and above all, do not click on any link.

We recommend you let other community fellows know about this as well.

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Message posted at 10/22/2010, 07:43:58 AM by Achilles - member is an admin
This problem surfaces every now on then. Our site is very popular and large communities will always be a target for such attempts.

As a general rule, don't access any links you receive on email unless you are 100% that they take you to the right place. Most emails will ask you to go somewhere and fill the info. Better go there by typing the address yourself in the browser's address bar.

Don't think it can't happen to you, these hoaxes are very cleverly designed lately. A lot of technology is put into place to replicate the original website so the victim will feel more comfortable sharing the info.

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Message posted at 10/22/2010, 08:38:01 AM by Francy874 - member is an admin
Thanks for the info!!!

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Message posted at 10/22/2010, 08:38:32 AM by Ankevanwyk
... thanks! Already received some of those e-mails, but handled them as spam.
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Message posted at 10/22/2010, 09:09:14 AM by Bobsphotography
Good to know. Thanks
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Message posted at 10/22/2010, 12:14:22 PM by Municolash
Thanks for the message, I already received 7 of them and they were treated as spam.


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Message posted at 10/22/2010, 17:20:36 PM by Melissad10
Thanks, good to know ;-)
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Message posted at 10/22/2010, 17:32:36 PM by Wildmac
Thanks for the info :)

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Message posted at 10/22/2010, 19:55:07 PM by Pablorock
I must have gotten 100 of those (multiple work e-mail addresses). I deleted them on the spot.

But thanks for the post. People need to know.
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Message posted at 10/23/2010, 03:14:06 AM by Scottysally2
Thank you for the warning. :)
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Message posted at 10/23/2010, 14:41:03 PM by Rademakerfotografie
Oh my,

I received one the 10th of september and as it seemed legit.

this is what I got:


Subject: US tax withholding notification

Dear Dennis Rademaker,

This letter is to advise you in regards to the amount of U.S. Tax that is to be withheld from your US-sourced Dreamstime earnings as of September 15th 2010.

For more details, please access our tax center at link below:

According to our records, it appears that you may be a resident of Netherlands, which has an income tax treaty with the United States that specifies a reduced rate of withholding tax on royalties (0.00 %).

If you are a resident of Netherlands and qualify for benefits under the US/Netherlands income tax treaty, you need to complete a U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Form W-8BEN, Certificate of Foreign Status of Beneficial Owner for United States Tax Withholding. We have an online version of Form W-8BEN which you are required to fill in and submit in the tax center on our website by September 15th . You will find this form at link below:

Please note that IF the form is not submitted by the date mentioned above, 30% withholding tax from your Dreamstime earnings coming from US buyers will be deducted.

For questions on tax withholding from your Dreamstime earnings, please check our FAQ's in the Tax Center or email us at

Thank you for your cooperation and attention to this matter.

Best Regards, LLC


Ph: +1 615 771 5611


what should I do?????
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Message posted at 10/23/2010, 14:55:02 PM by Maigi

Originally posted by Rademakerfotografie:
Quoted Message: what should I do?????

Read it?

Or let somebody translate it for you.

This letter actually is telling you, what you have to do.

Good luck!
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Message posted at 10/23/2010, 15:41:43 PM by Rademakerfotografie
Maigi, I can perfectly read it.

But I can read this opening post aswell stating not to reply or click the links in these kind of mails......

Like Tangie said:

"Neither the IRS nor Dreamstime sends these messages so do not open them and above all, do not click on any link. "

So If I am right the email that I received was not sent by Dreamstime.....
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Message edited at 10/23/2010, 16:23:21 PM by Wisconsinart
Some spam email will have embedded links. In other words, what looks like a valid link will redirect you to a web page intended by the thief.

All you have to do is MANUALLY type the link into your browser to ensure you go to the proper location.

Better yet, go to the main page of the web site, log in to your account, and drill down to the web page where you need to do business.

Very easy steps to avoid the tricks.
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Message posted at 10/24/2010, 02:15:20 AM by Fleyeing

Originally posted by Wisconsinart:
Quoted Message: Some spam email will have embedded links.
When you hover with your mouse over a legit looking link, watch the status bar at the bottom of your browser: if it shows "javascript something" or not an exact repeat of the visible link, get out fast. First hover, then click. Don't click first.

For sites like Dreamstime, I never access them from an email but only from my stored favorites.
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Message posted at 10/26/2010, 01:38:31 AM by smartview27
Good to know. Thanks.
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Message posted at 10/28/2010, 10:39:11 AM by Nuvista
I got the same email as Rademakerfotografie did. It seems to be legitimate. The link does go to

Tangie, could you confirm the email was sent by dreamstime?


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