Have you read or heard about the Internal Revenue Service and the latest email scam involving the guise of the vaunted federal taxing agency? Some people are receiving an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Tax Bill and it is related to the Affordable Care Act.
The recipients receive an IRS form CP-2000, which the IRS normally uses to notify taxpayers of unreported or underreported income. Only thing is… the IRS NEVER sends taxpayer information of any kind by email. Nor by telephone! It always uses snail-mail. That’s the hook involving the Internal Revenue Service and the latest email scam! It is an email, yet the language in the email scares the you-know-what out of you and the intimidation makes you think you need to take action. You need to take action, all right. Just not what the scammers want you to do!
The Internal Revenue Service And The Affordable Care Act
The Affordable Care Act is federal legislation aimed at providing health care coverage for all citizens of the United States. Part of that legislation requires participation in some health care coverage or else the taxpayer is hit with penalties. Responsibility for administering this legislation lies in the hands of the Internal Revenue Service. Coverage costs obtained through this legislation depends on the income of the taxpayer.
The email lists an Internal Revenue Service mailing address in Austin, Texas as the address to send payment to. It is worth noting that Austin is a major Internal Revenue Service hub. The entire email looks genuine, from IRS logo to the Austin address.
Internal Revenue Service – Confirm And Pay
The email asks for information from 2014 to confirm what is on record with the IRS. It also includes a pay voucher form for payment by check, noting that the check should be made out to “I.R.S.” The email also includes a payment link. Again, the Internal Revenue Service never asks for personal information by email and never asks for or demands payment by email!
Report All Internal Revenue Service Fraud And Scam
If you receive one of these emails it should be reported to the IRS by emailing email@example.com and including a forwarded copy of the entire email, including any and all headers. The header of the email will contain invaluable information regarding the actual IP address where the email originated from. The Treasury Department is actively investigating this scam.
The scam also requests additional payment by check made out to the United States Treasury just in case the taxpayers believes he or she feel that they may owe more. Really? Talk about aiming for low-hanging fruit! They scammers are even trying to prey on the recipient’s sense of guilt, just in case they actually did cheat the Internal Revenue Service!
IRS Form CP-2000 is sent out by the Internal Revenue Service Automated Underreporter Program whenever employer-reported earnings do not match those reported on tax returns. This is an automated system that generates these Form CP-2000.
The Internal Revenue Service NEVER Emails Personal Information!
Once again, the IRS never sends tax bills, demands for payment or requests for personal information by email. The taxpayer will always be contacted by regular mail first and any meetings or correspondence are arranged when the taxpayer calls the number listed on the Form CP-2000 that they receive.
This scam not only preys on the unsuspecting taxpaying public, it takes full advantage of people’s fear of getting crossed up with the Internal Revenue Service! It begs the question: are those that fall victim to this scam actually aware that it IS a scam, yet they follow through out of the dread of running afoul of the notorious taxing agency? What do you think? Tell me below in the Comments section.
SCAM – watch out for it! It is hard to believe that people continue to fall prey to scams like this despite the many warnings received through the media and websites like this one! Remember: if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!
No reputable agency, state or federal, nor any legitimate company is going to email a person “out of the blue” and ask for or demand personal information by email. The potential for fraud is simply too great! Those agencies and companies know that. We should know that! And now we do know about the Internal Revenue Service and the latest email scam involving them.
SCAM! Be Diligent
Be diligent, especially when it comes to scam and/or spam! Learn to identify scammers and report any scam that you encounter to Report All Scam Here!
Actively monitor the Federal Trade Commission’s website for listing current scam alerts! FTC List Of Current Scam Alerts.
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