Chortek joins the IRS in alerting taxpayers to “be on guard” against fake IRS notices by email:
IRS and Security Summit Partners Warn of Fake Tax Bills
IR-2016-123, Sept. 22, 2016
IRS ALERTS TAXPAYERS, WASHINGTON, — The Internal Revenue Service and its Security Summit partners today issued an alert to taxpayers and tax professionals to be on guard against fake emails purporting to contain an IRS tax bill related to the Affordable Care Act.
The IRS has received numerous reports around the country of scammers sending a fraudulent version of CP2000 notices for tax year 2015. Generally, the scam involves an email that includes the fake CP2000 as an attachment. The issue has been reported to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration for investigation.
Here is a link to the IRS website that discusses the scam in more detail: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/irs-and-security-summit-partners-warn-of-fake-tax-bill-emails
Note: See also SETT-2016-13, Beware of Fake IRS Tax Bill Notices
See also “Social Engineering Alert – Are You Watching For Clues?“