The Internal Revenue Service or the IRS is probably one of the government departments with the most number of fraud alerts. This is because the IRS is commonly targeted by scammers since it’s the easiest excuse that they can come up with to pressure their victims into paying. Almost every season a new type of IRS scam is reported through the IRS or through the Federal Trade Commission. To address this concern, the IRS has regularly launched fraud alerts that can help educate people about ongoing scams that are using their department.
To give you an idea about the most recent IRS fraud alerts, check out the list below;
IRS Fraud Alerts
- Fake Tax Bills
The IRS along with Security Summit has launched a fraud alert against a circulating email scam asking victims to pay up tax due relevant to the IRS Affordable Care Act. According to reports gathered by the Department, the email scam contains a false CP2000 notice coupled with a cheque payment request and a payment link that is also provided in the email.
The IRS has never sent CP2000 notice through electronic mail they are often mailed directly to the concerned party via US mail service. Aside from this, based on the standard operating procedure of the agency, all checks payable to the IRS should be paid to the United States Treasury and not to I.R.S. or Austin Processing Center as detailed on this fake tax bill scam.
- Back-to-School Scams
One of the numerous fraud alerts issued by the IRS is the back-to-school scam. This scam is communicated through the telephone and specifically targeting students or their parents claiming that they need to settle Federal Student Tax, which is a non-existent tax obligation. The scammer usually assumes the identity of an official IRS representative demanding an immediate settlement of the said tax payable. Once you refuse to pay, the representative becomes agitated and threatening. Students and parents who receive this type of call are advised to report the incident to TIGTA.
- Fake Tax Payment on iTunes and Gift Cards
Another type of IRS scam communicated through a phone call is the fake tax payment for iTunes and gift cards. Scammers use an automated system to contact their target victims, using a recorded tax payment demand script on all the victims iTunes and gift card purchases. Of course, this type of tax obligation is non-existent and is just a ruse so scammers can take advantage of your resources. The recording ends with a warning that failure to comply with the required tax settlement may result in a lawsuit.
The details provided above are just some of the many fraud alerts issued by the IRS. To ensure that you don’t fall into these malicious schemes, it s highly recommended to regularly check the fraud alerts issued by the IRS or better yet, call the IRS directly before you pay any tax due that was communicated to you via phone, mail or electronic mail. Maintaining this practice helps you save both time and money.