When you get a bill in the mail, many of us think little of it and pay the amount due without reading too much into it. However, scammers do not only exist virtually, but they also claim victims in reality. Whenever you are asked to send money or pay something, you must read carefully, and if anything suspicious sticks out, you must use extreme caution. Consider calling the company that is listed on the letter or email to confirm the bill is legitimate and avoid being scammed.
For example, take this fake I.R.S bill:
Scammers will attempt to steal your money any way they can, but there are usually ways to tell the real letters from the fakes. Pay close attention to the wording used and if something causes concerns, call the company who issues you the mail immediately. It has been said that the I.R.S will never call or email to obtain money, but it will send letters. Until recently, this method has worked to avoid scammers for the most part. Obviously this has now changed, and scammers have begun sending fake correspondence demanding money from people.
It is easy for I.R.S employees to spot the differences in the letters being sent, but for the average individual, it is not. Therefore, consider reading the I.R.S’s post about how to avoid scams! They outline several helpful tips that will help prevent you from becoming a victim!