And the IRS is warning consumers about another scam tricking people into believing they have a lien placed on them by the IRS. The emails contain a link or attachment that can infect a person’s computer with a virus if it is opened.
According to information from the USPS:
The emails claim to be from the U.S. Postal Service and contain fraudulent information about an attempted or intercepted package delivery or online postage charges. The recipient is instructed to click on a link, open the attachment, or print the label.
The link will ask for some personal information, said Lt. Gary Clayton of the Rome Police Department.
Police and postal service officials say if you receive one of the emails, simply delete it.
In the IRS scheme, a letter is sent through the mail telling the recipient they have a lien placed on them by the IRS and they could settle for a certain amount of money.
According to a press release from the IRS, “The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email, text, and social media — electronic communications to request personal or financial information. Individuals who receive an unexpected tax bill from the IRS, even if it comes in the regular mail, should verify its validity before sending money to settle the alleged debt.”