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A new twist on an old taxpayer scam


A new twist on an old taxpayer scam

Scammers have come up with a new way to steal personal and financial information from non-resident aliens and international taxpayers.

Fraudsters send letters to people asking them to fill out fake alternate Forms W-8BEN, a form usually used by taxpayers who are not U.S. citizens. Taxpayers end up revealing passport numbers, PINs and other info that aid scammers in stealing their identities.

Keep in mind: The IRS doesn't require taxpayers to recertify their foreign status. Also, the real Form W-8BEN does not ask for passport numbers and PINs. If you believe you received a phony IRS letter, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject line "IRS Impersonation Scam."


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