This month the IRS issued a Tax Tip warning taxpayers about fake property liens. This is just one of many scams out there designed to trick you into paying money for fictitious bills.
Here are some of the attributes of the scam that the IRS wants you to look out for:
- A letter threatening an IRS lien or levy is mailed to the taxpayer
- The lien/levy is based on insane overdue taxes owed to a non-existent agency
- The agency might have a legitimate-sounding name, but does not actually exist, such as the “Bureau of Tax Enforcement”
- Could potentially reference the IRS to confuse the reader into thinking the letter is real
If you receive a letter like this, the IRS wants to know. If you receive a letter and you don’t owe taxes and have no reason to think you should:
- Contact the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration and report the letter. Use the IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting web page. In your report include the keywords “IRS Lien”
- Scan the document and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Report it to the Federal Trade Commission using the FTC Complaint Assistant on FTC.gov
- Report it to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3)
If you receive a suspicious letter and owe tax, or think you might owe tax:
- Review your tax account information and payment options are IRS.gov. Reviewing this information will show if you owe and the amount.
- You can also call the ITS to confirm the notice at 800-829-1040.
By being diligent and looking out for the warning signs, you can avoid becoming a scammer’s next victim.