By Guest Contributor

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued a warning to taxpayers to be on the lookout for a new scam that tricks people into thinking they are owed a refund. This new fraud comes through the mail in a cardboard envelope from a delivery service. The letter includes the IRS masthead but the contact information provided is NOT a legitimate IRS phone number.

The letter also requests sensitive, detailed information like a photo of your driver’s license, which may be used to steal your identity.

This particular imposter letter includes many red flags such as poorly worded messages, odd punctuation, a mixture of fonts and incorrect details like including the wrong extension deadline date.

Here are some reminders about the IRS. They will NEVER:

  • initiate contact with taxpayers by email, text or social media regarding a bill or tax refund
  • call to demand payment with threats to involve law enforcement or have you arrested
  • call or email asking you to divulge personal and/or financial information
  • require payment without allowing you to appeal or even question the amount due
  • require you to use a specific payment method like a pre-paid debit card
  • ask for your credit/debit card and/or bank information over the phone

If you receive any IRS-related scam communication, please report it to Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) at and email the IRS at

The IRS offers an option called Identity Protection PIN (IP PIN) that assigns a unique six-digit code to eligible taxpayers that helps limit fraudulent tax returns. There is more information available at

Source: and AgeWell Middle Tennessee