Scammers are at it again, this time claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service.
They’re taking aim at people who are covered under Obamacare and exploiting confusion about the program. This latest scam is an email targeting people with insurance through the Affordable Care Act, alleging they owe additional money for their coverage.
Here are some red flags:
Consumer Reports says that the IRS will never send you an email out of the blue. If money is owed the notice will be sent by regular mail.
The fake notice may instructs that the check be made out to “I.R.S.” A real tax check is made out to the U.S. Treasury, not the IRS.
Also, the email may ask you to send the check to an address that is not an official IRS processing center.
If you get this type of fake IRS email do not open any attachments or click on any links it may have. Immediately forward it to firstname.lastname@example.org and then delete it. Also delete the email from your Trash file.
Consumer Reports notes that there are instances in which scammers send fake IRS letters through the regular mail. If you have questions about the legitimacy of a letter or an email, call the IRS directly at 1-800-829-1040.