Last year the IRS went to a new form of collecting foreign account data and information. When I tried to use the system, again, this year I ended up on the efilefbar.com website which looked identical to the government form. I filled out all the required information and clicked the submit button, when low and behold they required a $95 service fee. After searching the web I found the "free" government site that looks identical to the efilefbar.com site. So, users be aware of this scam.
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Jul 3, 2016
Monetary Loss: $0
I went to file my FBAR online like I do every year. When I googled FBAR, this was the first website that came up. It was made to look identical to the government website. I put in all of my confidential information and clicked submit. Then, the prompt for a $200 fee to submit. I went searching and found this was a scam. I am very concerned because I put all of my confidential info into it and have no idea who these guys actually are. To add insult to injury, I then had to re-do everything on the actual government website.
I went online to file my FBAR. This was the first website that came up. It looks like the government site. After entering my information, I landed on a page requesting payment. Only then it became clear that this is not the official site. I hope my information won't get stolen.
BEWARE! DO NOT ENTER ANY INFORMATION INTO EfileFbar.com!
I went to file my FBAR and completed all the forms online on this site. The site is identical to the IRS site and I entered all my private information. When I got to the end I realized my terrible mistake. They wanted money and that's when I realized I was on a private site. I exited quickly, but by then then it was too late. They sent me a confirmation email, so I know they have my information on file. I feel sick to my stomach.
As with many others (I realised too late) I thought this was the official government site for e-filing my FBAR form. There is NO mention of any charge - as with the official government site, you enter all your information - social security, contact details, details of foreign bank accounts - all incredibly sensitive data. Only at the end, when they ask for $195 to file your FBAR (free on gov site) is it revealed to be a scam. At that point they have ALL your sensitive data, and there's NOTHING you can do. This site should be sued for misrepresentation. I feel sick that they have all my information, and now I have to pay for identity theft protection.
I googled file FBAR online and the first hit was this site, which is deceitfully built to trick the user into thinking it's the official IRS filing portal. No indication or warning is displayed that this is a payment filing service. Only after having filled and confirmed all personal information (address, SSN, bank accounts' IDs), one is requested to enter credit card info for $195 of "filing fee". Those fraudsters are obviously out to get people money or at the very least capture all their personal info. They in fact do not provide any service, since the effort the user has to put to fill in their form is exactly the same necessary to file the free form at the IRS site. Actually even more, as one has to enter addotionally the credit card data. Google should be ashamed of pimping this site.