Tax scams, particularly in the first few months of the year, are nothing new. Scam artists annually jump at the chance to try to dupe people as they submit forms to the IRS. However, the North Carolina Attorney General's Office is warning about a scam their investigators have never seen before.
The scam comes in the form of an email that claims to be from the IRS. The email says you need to fill out the attached form, one that instructs you to fill in a lot of sensitive information that identity thieves could use to wipe out your bank account. The form will ask for social security numbers, bank account numbers and credit card information. These scams will sometimes use real form numbers, but in this case, the state says the one on this form is just as phony as the form is. The tax code listed is W-4100B2.
It's important to remember that any email claiming to be from the IRS should be greeted with skepticism. The IRS does not communicate with taxpayers via email.