IRS warns about new tax-related scam

Published: Oct. 9, 2016 at 6:02 PM CDT
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The IRS warns about a new way scammers are trying to steal money from you.

The scam involves a fake IRS tax bill related to the Affordable Care Act. Scammers are sending notices saying you owe taxes related to the ACA. The scams are arriving in email messages an an attachment, as well as by traditional mail.

The attachments or the phony pieces of mail have several signs to raise the red flag that they're fake.

The notices appear to be issued from an Austin, Texas address and it requests checks made out to the IRS and sent to "The Austin Processing Center" at a post office.

A real notice requests that checks be made out to the United States Treasury. Also, unlike the fake form, a real IRS-related form provides extensive instructions about what to do if you agree or disagree that additional taxes are owed.

You can find out further information on this new scam and how to make sure you don't fall for it