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BBB warns of an IRS scam

Published: October 21, 2016 10:00 AM

The Canton Regional and Greater West Virginia Better Business Bureau offers tips and advice for consumers to avoid fraudulent practices.

The Internal Revenue Service is warning consumers to watch for fake IRS emails containing an IRS tax bill related to the Affordable Care Act. Scammers are sending fraudulent versions of CP2000 notices for tax year 2015 as an attachment to these fake emails.

A CP2000 is generated by the IRS Automated Underreporter Program when income reported from third-party sources such as an employer does not match the income reported on the tax return. This notice is commonly mailed to taxpayers through the United States Postal Service and never sent as part of an email.

Other signs the notice is fake:

These notices are being sent electronically, even though the IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email or through social media platforms.

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The CP2000 notices appear to be issued from an Austin, Texas, address and requests taxpayers to mail a check made out to I.R.S. to the "Austin Processing center" at a Post Office Box address. This in in addition to a "payment" link within the email itself.

The underreported issue is related to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requesting information regarding 2014 coverage.

The payment voucher lists the letter number as 105C.

This fraud notice may arrive by email, as an attachment, or by mail. The IRS does not initiate unsolicited email contact or contact by social media. Don't open unsolicited emails. Any attempt to gain personal information, "phishing," is fraud.

If your IRS notice is legitimate, you will be given a number to call and a way to resolve the issue. The IRS will not pressure you to do anything by phone or email.

Report the scam. If you have been contacted by someone claiming to be from the IRS, call 1-800-366-4484 or report it at phishing@irs.gov. To make the information available to investigators; file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) through their Complaint Assistant at www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov.

For more information, visit bbb.org/canton to look up a business, file a complaint, write a customer review, report a scam with Scam Tracker, read tips, follow us on social media and more.


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