GREENSBORO, N.C. - See if this rings a bell: IRS phone scam. 2 Wants To Know has been telling you about it for more than a year. Scammers call pretending to be from the government – saying you owe back taxes. Give them money or they threaten to have you arrested.

We’ve always told you it’s a scam because the IRS won’t call you without sending a letter first. Well Uh-OH, the scammers are wising up and moving to the mail. The IRS says they’ve already gotten numerous reports about the new version of this scam. The con artists will send you a letter saying you owe taxes related to the Affordable Health Care act. They choose that because most people don’t understand healthcare reform and it sounds like it could be true.

But here’s how you know it’s false: The IRS says all the letters so far have come from an Austin, Texas address. The letter says it’s a CP2000 notice. The real CP2000 isn’t about healthcare. It’s about how much your employer paid in taxes for you.

Now here’s the biggest red flag: It asks you make out a check to the I.R.S. and send it to the “Austin Processing Center” at a post office box address. A real request for money from the IRS has you make out a check to the “US Treasury Department” and send it to a government building.

It’s hard to remember all of those. So the bottom line is that scammers are constantly changing up their tactics. So if anyone ever says you owe taxes, don’t pay anything before calling the real IRS to confirm for yourself.

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