Ingenious Scam Targets Taxpayers

28 September 2016
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Crooks have tried all of e-mail scamming, but almost everyone has figured out that the IRS does not send out notices by e-mail. So, crooks have changed their tactics. Recently, there have been reports of taxpayers receiving fake notices by mail requiring immediate payment to a P.O. Box. The P.O. Boxes are located in cities where the IRS has service centers, but of course are not IRS P.O. Box addresses.

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 received 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.

Below is a sample fake IRS CP-2000 supplied by Iowa State University.



Don’t be a victim! Be sure to have any notice you receive from the IRS, or any tax authority, reviewed by Dagley & Co. before taking action.



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