NASHVILLE, TN (WRCB) -- The Internal Revenue Service today warned taxpayers to guard against being victimized by scammers trying to collect money to settle bogus IRS tax liens.  

The latest scam, which comes through the mail and looks official, purports to be an IRS Notice of Tax Lien.  The fake notice includes a toll-free telephone number that does not connect to the IRS.  The scam threatens IRS enforcement action if money is not paid to settle back taxes supposedly due.

The scam, which surfaced recently in North Georgia, may target unsuspecting taxpayers, such as the elderly, who normally may not have a tax filing requirement and who do not really owe the IRS the amount claimed in the fake notice.

"People should diligently guard their personal and financial information," said IRS spokesman Dan Boone.  "Be very careful who you trust for tax advice and who you trust with your money and your personal information."

Boone reminded taxpayers that the IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email, text, and social media or electronic communications to request personal or financial information.  People who receive an unexpected tax bill from the IRS, even if it comes in the regular mail, should verify its validity before sending money to settle an alleged debt.

Taxpayers wanting to verify a supposed IRS contact or who have questions regarding a federal tax lien or about IRS payment options, may contact the IRS toll-free at 1-800-829-1040 or visit www.IRS.gov.