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I-Team: Beware of Latest IRS Scam

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – If you've received a notice from the Internal Revenue Service telling you that you owe money – don't pay it. The forms may look convincing. The amount is small enough you might just pay it rather than question it. But, don't fall for the latest IRS scam.

Taxpayers and accountants are being warned about a new scam using fraudulent CP2000s to solicit money from taxpayers. The fake forms are emailed, even though the IRS would never contact you electronically. It appears to be related to the Affordable Care Act.

You are asked to mail your money to the Austin Processing Center in Austin, Texas; however, the P.O. Box does not match the actual address for the Austin Processing Center.

The issue is under investigation as the IRS is seeing a 400% surge in phishing and malware incidents this 2016 tax season alone.

This latest scam involving the C2000s form is likely connected to the October 15 extension deadline. Criminals know this is a prime time to target taxpayers.

If you've received one of these emails or have questions, click here for more information.

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