Aggressive and threatening phone calls by criminals impersonating IRS agents remain a major threat to taxpayers, headlining the annual "Dirty Dozen" list of tax scams for the 2016 filing season. The IRS has seen a surge of these phone scams as scam artists threaten police arrest, deportation, license revocation and other things. The IRS reminds tax payers to guard against all sorts of con games that arise during the filing season. Scammers make unsolicited calls claiming to be IRS officials. They demand that the victim pay a bogus tax bill. They con the victim into sending cash, usually through a prepaid debit card or wire transfer. They may also leave "urgent" callback requests through phone "robo-calls," or via a phishing email. You will not receive a call from the IRS unless you have received numerous written notices from the IRS first. And they will definitely not request payment by gift card, credit card, or wire transfer. If you have received a suspicious call contact TIGTA to report the call. Use their "IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting" web page. You can also call 800-366-4484.
The IRS is warning taxpayers against telephone scammers targeting students and parents during the back-to-school season and demanding payments for non-existent taxes, such as the "Federal Student Tax." People should be on the lookout for IRS impersonators calling students and demanding that they wire money immediately to pay a fake "federal student tax." If the person does not comply, the scammer becomes aggressive and threatens to report the student to the police to be arrested. As schools around the nation prepare to re-open, it is important for taxpayers to be particularly aware of this scheme going after students and parents.
Fake Tax Bill Emails:
The Internal Revenue Service and its Security Summit partners issued an alert to taxpayers and tax professionals to be on guard against fake emails purporting to contain an IRS tax bill related to the affordable Care Act. The IRS has received numerous reports around the country of scammers sending a fraudulent version of CP2000 notices for your tax year 2015. Generally the scam involves an email that includes the fake CP2000 as an attachment. The CP2000 is a notice commonly mailed to taxpayers through the United States Postal Service. It is never sent as part of an email to taxpayers. The fraudulent CP2000 notice included a payment request that taxpayers mail a check made out to "I.R.S" to the "Austin Processing Center" at a Post Office Box address. This is in addition to a "payment" link within the email itself.
Fraudulent Credit Card Scam:
Our office recently received a credit card with $100,000 limit that we didn't apply for. I went online and found that it was a total scam and if you activate this card it allows others access to your number and make purchases on your behalf, which you could be held liable for. The company name is Pacific Capital LLC and is calling the card an equipment lease line of credit and they claim to have gotten your information from Dun & Bradstreet. If you type the name of the company in your web browser, you will see articles relating to it being a scam.