SCAM: IRS Form Used to Scare You Out of Money

From our friends at KnowBe4. There appears to be a new sort of phishing attack to scare you out of your hard-earned money. And it claims to come from the IRS (spoiler alert: it’s not the IRS).

There is an insidious new IRS scam doing the rounds. They send you a phony IRS CP 2000 form and claim the income reported on your tax return does not match the income reported by your employer. This is meant to get you worried. To confuse you further, the bad guys claim this has something to do with the Affordable Care Act.

You might receive emails with attached phony forms, text messages and even live calls to your phone about this! You need to know that the IRS will never initiate contact with you to collect overdue taxes by an email, text message or phone call.

If you get any emails, text messages, old-time snail mail or even live calls about this, do not respond and/or hang up the phone. If you receive a “CP 2000″ form in the mail and doubt this is legit, you can always call the IRS at 1-800-366-4484 to confirm it is a scam.”

The real CP 2000 form apparently has six pages, and explains in very large detail your available options and next steps.

Oh, and it’s NEVER emailed to you.

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