According to the IRS, there’s a new tax scam out there they want taxpayers to know about. This one involves fake property liens.
Essentially, this scam threatens taxpayers with a bill from the IRS, claiming they owe back taxes or other monies to a non-existent government agency and that a lien or levy has been place upon their home until the bill is paid. Taxpayers are then given a bogus address to where they are to send money to in order to have the “lien” removed.
If you get one of these letters, there are ways to protect yourself and your wallet. Before sending money, check its veracity. If it is indeed a scam, report it to the IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting web page. Include the keywords “IRS Lien” in your message. Scan or fax the letter sent to you to email@example.com. Report the scam to the FTC Complaint Assistant on FTC.gov. Finally, report it also to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center.
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