Scams are a dime a dozen these days. We come across scams every time we open our email or receive a phone call from an unfamiliar number. While most scams are blatant and easy to ignore, some scams are deceptively genius and even the most discerning of us can get caught. The most recent IRS scams fall into the latter category.
Don’t Believe Everything You Read
The newest scam that is catching many people in its net is the IRS email scam. The IRS has recently received numerous reports regarding scammers sending out a fake IRS CP2000 notice for the 2015 tax year. The CP2000 notice is what the IRS mails to you if the income or payment information they have on file does not match the information you submitted on your tax return. The fraudulent emails that have been sent out inform the recipient that such a discrepancy has been found and includes an attachment with a fake CP2000.
The goal of these emails is to encourage you to send a check to the fake IRS address provided or make a payment through an email link. On top of gaining access to your money, the emails may have the potential to infect your computers with malware. The IRS is aware of this scam and reminds citizens that they will never send this notice or any other communication through email. The IRS encourages anyone who receives this type of email to forward it to [email protected] and promptly delete it.
Screen Your Calls
A second IRS scam to be aware of comes via your phone. Many people are reporting phone calls where the caller pretends they are with the IRS and demands money or personal information that could compromise your security. The IRS outlines various ways you can determine the validity of these calls. For example, if the caller requires payment through a specific method or demands immediate payment, it is most likely fraudulent.
If you receive anything from the IRS that you are unsure about, contact them at 1-800-366-4484 to verify its authenticity.
You work hard to earn your money and protect your privacy, and it is my goal to work with you to safeguard these critical aspects of your life. Take heed when dealing with emails or phone calls that have anything to do with your finances. If you want to learn more about protecting and shielding yourself from scams, please don’t hesitate to call us today at 858.756.0004 or email [email protected].
About Deb Sims
Deborah Sims is the Principal of Estate Management Group, a wealth management and financial services firm offering comprehensive and customized strategies to help her clients manage their assets and feel confident in their future. Her mission is to serve as her clients’ most trusted wealth advisor through professional knowledge, integrity, and personalized wealth management services. Based in San Diego, California, Deb’s team has offices in Rancho Santa Fe, Old Town, and Del Mar. She invites you to contact her team today to learn more about how they can help you.