A reader is both scared and suspicious after receiving an email.
Question: I got an email from the IRS saying I owe $29.12. The subject of the email was “IRS CP-2000,” and when I searched that online, I saw that this is a real thing. But it just looks so suspicious. It says I have 30 days to pay this amount or I could get audited or even arrested. So I need some help fast! It’s not a huge amount of money, but still, it’s MY money.
If Trump wins, no free college. In that case, I might wait longer to save up more money. So my question is: Should I wait until summer to sign up?
— Claire in Virginia
Howard Dvorkin CPA answers…
It’s that time of year, when the weather turns and the IRS scams blossom. The most successful scammers add just a touch of truth to their lies — and this particular one is repeated each year because it’s based on a real IRS letter.
To keep it from getting complicated, the easiest way to explain it is in this short video…
Just to stress what’s at the end of the video: If you receive a suspicious IRS letter, go to the U.S. Treasury’s scam alert webpage to learn more. You can also call 800-366-4484 to report it. If you’re concerned about these scams in general, and about identity theft in particular, I suggest you read Debt.com’s report on Identity Theft Basics.
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