New scams are popping up every day.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued an alert to taxpayers to be on guard against fraudulent notices that appear to be an IRS tax bill related to the Affordable Care Act. Tax scammers are sending fake Forms CP2000 to solicit money from taxpayers via email as well as letters. A real CP2000 notice is mailed to taxpayers through the U.S. Postal Service and never sent as part of an email. The fake notice appears to be issued from an Austin, TX address and requests that taxpayers mail a check to the Austin Processing Center. If you receive this email scam, forward the email to firstname.lastname@example.org and then delete it. If you are in doubt send the email/notice to your LSL advisor to review.
The IRS is also warning parents that there is no such thing as a federal student tax. In this new scam, callers posing as IRS employees call students and demand they wire money immediately to pay this fake federal student tax. These scammers are going as far as threatening to report students to the police and claiming they will be arrested for failure to pay the tax.
It’s important to remember, if you ever get a call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, you can be sure it’s a scam if the caller is demanding immediate payment, threatens to bring in law enforcement or asks for your credit or debit card information.
Remember, when in doubt, assume it’s a scam or contact your LSL Advisor.