We are experiencing an increasing wave of scam targeting non-resident aliens.
What you may receive is an e-mail fraudulently using the IRS name with an attached W8 BEN (Certificate of Foreign Status of Beneficial Owner for United States Tax Withholding) and the request to fill in the form.
The scammer’s true email address is masked as a legitimate IRS account (firstname.lastname@example.org, for instance).
- Do not fall for this scam – the IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email or social media to request personal or financial information.
And, most of all
- Do not open the attachment: the attachment contains a malicious code designed to gain access to your financial information in order to steal your identity and/or assets.
Following is the IRS web page on this topic: