Identity crooks have tried all sorts of e-mails scam. It is a good thing that almost everyone knows that the IRS does not send out notices by e-mail. These crooks have changed their tactics. Now there are reports of taxpayers receiving by mail, and email, fake notices requiring immediate payment to a P.O. Box. The P.O. Boxes are located in cities where the IRS has service centers, and, of course, they are not IRS P.O. Box addresses.
Identity Crooks Creative Tactics
These scammers have duplicated the look of official IRS mail notices, which to the untrained eye would lead one to believe a notice was really from the IRS.
So be extremely cautious of any notice you may have from the IRS. If a notice is demanding immediate payment and there has not been any prior contact by the IRS over the issue, then the notice is probably from a scammer. Reports indicate the initial letters were numbered CP-2000.
Here is a sample fake IRS CP-2000 by Iowa State University.
Don’t Be a Victim to Identity Thieves.
Any notice you receive from the IRS, or any tax authority for that matter, have us review it for you before taking action. Visit our Tax Identity Theft Information Center or call Alex Franch, BS EA at 781.849.7200. He can help you with the paper work involved to restore your right identity with the IRS. We have locations in Quincy, Weymouth and Dedham.
Tax Sources and Resources
- Phishing Scams and Tax Scams – Part 1 of 4
- Scams: Identify, Avoid Them – Part 2 of 4
- IRS Email Scam: Stop, Think, Delete Part 3 of 4
- What is in Your Wallet?
- Top 12 IRS Scams for 2016
- Tax Identity Theft, IRS v Massachusetts
- Pervasive Telephone Scams: Did you get a call from the IRS?
- Want Your Tax Refund Faster? Use Direct Deposit