Fake IRS notices about Obamacare are spreading, feds warn

Phony notices that people owe taxes related to the Affordable Care Act are drawing an alert from the Federal Trade Commission.

Many are designed to look like real IRS CP2000 notices, which can inform people they owe money from the previous tax year because of differences in income they reported when they signed up for an Obamacare health plan.

irs-signBut the bogus notices are really designed to get people to hand over their money or personal information to scammers.

So how do you tell what’s fake? Look for red flags. The FTC says the IRS will never:

  • Initiate contact with you by email or through social media.
  • Ask you to pay using a gift card, pre-paid debit card, or wire transfer.
  • Request personal or financial information by email, texts, or social media.
  • Threaten to immediately have you arrested or deported for not paying.

If you get a scam IRS notice, forward it to phishing@irs.gov and then delete.  Tell the FTC too.

 

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