Rip-off letters claiming to be from the USA Internal Revenue Service (Internal Revenue Service) are attempting to con cryptocurrency taxpayers and others out of their funds.

According to Forbes, phony letters are attempting to take advantage of the general public’s lack of familiarity with legitimate IRS correspondence and also soliciting settlements by utilizing threats of enforcement activity against them, among other methods.

Among the strategies used by the IRS scammers, some letters claim that a warrant has been claimed against the recipient due to their unpaid tax obligations. Failure to make a payment immediately, they go on to falsely claim, could result in an arrest or other criminal action.

Aside from letters, thieves are also demanding bogus payments on the phone — another practice that, as Forbes notes, is never used by the legitimate IRS.

Aside from letters, thieves are also demanding bogus payments on the phone — another practice that, as Forbes notes, is never used by the legitimate IRS.

Neither will the agency threaten — in writing or by phone — to arrest or deport taxpayers.

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