IRS Warns of New Property Lien Scam


Property Lien Scam

The IRS has advised about scams involving those involving fake property liens, which threaten the recipient with a tax bill from a fictional government agency, stating signs of such scams and what to do if suspecting one. A scam lien or levy letter entails bogus overdue taxes owed to a non-existent agency that might have a legitimate-sounding name such as “Bureau of Tax Enforcement” and may reference the IRS.

Here are some details about the property lien scam that will help taxpayers recognize it:

  • This scheme involves a letter threatening an IRS lien or levy.
  • The scammer mails the letter to a taxpayer.
  • The lien or levy is based on bogus overdue taxes owed to a non-existent agency.
  • The non-existent agencies might have a legitimate-sounding name like the “Bureau of Tax Enforcement.” There is no such agency.
  • This scam may also reference the IRS to confuse potential victims into thinking the letter is from a real agency.

Recipients who don't owe taxes and have no reason to think they do should go online to the IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting web page to report the letter to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. They should also report it to the Federal Trade Commission at and to the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center, and e-mail a scan of the letter to [email protected] Taxpayers who do owe or think they might should go to to review their tax account or call the IRS at 800-429-1040.