This IRS scam proves that scammers are getting creative—and sophisticated—with their attempts to go after your identity and your money.

Who Is It Targeting: All taxpayers

What Is It:  A scam meant to look like a real tax violation notice, often associated with the Affordable Care Act.

What Are They After: As word has gotten out to consumers about some of the ways scammers might target them, criminals have had to shift gears to keep up. In this particular scam, a mailed or emailed letter that looks very much like a genuine IRS CP2000 notice—the one you get if your tax return was flagged for possibly being inaccurate—arrives, telling you the new amount you must pay.

Even more upsetting is the fact that it claims the error is due to the Affordable Care Act; the ACA (sometimes referred to as “Obamacare”) has upset some taxpayers who were fined for not having health insurance, and therefore victims might be more likely to believe this fake notice.

How Can You Avoid It:

  • You will never receive an email, phone call, or social media message from the IRS concerning your tax return.
  • You will never be threatened with immediate arrest or deportation for failure to file your taxes correctly.
  • The IRS will never require you to pay immediately with a credit card through the link or over the phone, and they do not require prepaid debit cards or store gift cards as payment.

If you think you may be a victim of identity theft, contact the ITRC for toll-free, no-cost assistance at (888) 400-5530. Find more current scams and alerts here.

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