IRS Tax Scams Grow in Sophistication
Recent Scam Arrives via Email with Official Looking "Final Notice" Attached as a PDFTax scammers are upping their game in their pursuit to rip off innocent victims.
Over the past several years, there has been a surge in phone calls that threaten criminal prosecution unless immediate payment is made over the phone. We even received one of those calls earlier this week.
Of course, these calls are fake.
Today, however, one of our clients forwarded to us an email they received from a "Peter Anderson, Sr. Investigation Chief" with the IRS. Attached to the email was a PDF notice of an impending "criminal law suit" citing all kinds of laws and IRS code sections. Take a look for yourself:
Download (PDF) Fake "Final Notice" Here
Notice the very poor grammar and lack of any identifying information about the taxpayer. All sure signs of a scam.
Even though it is easy for us to spot a scam, we understand that a phone call or this fake email and IRS notice can be troubling. These scammers are trying to prey on your fear.
Just remember, the IRS will Never, Never, Never (did we mention never?):
Call or send an email to demand immediate payment, nor will the agency call or email you about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill.
- Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
- Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes
- Ask for credit and/or debit card numbers over the phone or via email.
- Threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.