Taxpayers should watch for new versions of two tax-related scams. One involves Social Security numbers related to tax issues, the other threatens taxpayers with a tax bill from a fictional government agency. Here are some details about these scams:
The Social Security Number Scam
- You may get a phone call in which scammers claim to be able to suspend or cancel your Social Security number. This scam is similar to and often associated with the IRS impersonation scam.
- It is an attempt by con artists to frighten taxpayers into returning robocall voicemails in order to get access to personal information.
- Scammers may mention overdue taxes in addition to threatening to cancel the taxpayer’s SSN.
The Fake Tax Agency Scam
- This scam involves a letter threatening an IRS lien or levy in order to have money sent to the scammer.
- The scammer mails the letter to the taxpayer.
- The lien or levy is based on bogus overdue taxes owed to a non-existent agency.
- The fake agency is called the “Bureau of Tax Enforcement.” There is no such agency.
- The lien notification scam also likely references the IRS to confuse potential victims into thinking the letter is from a legitimate agency.
Always be cautious about giving out any of your personal information and be very suspicious of anyone trying to get you to send money to them.