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<p>WASHINGTON – The Treasury Department’s Office of the Comptroller of the Currency has sent an alert regarding a new identity fraud scam. A fake IRS form and letter are sent to victims requesting personal and banking information to avoid a “withholding tax” of 31%. Information on the form such as mother’s maiden name, passport number, PIN, passwords, nationality, and amount of last deposit, then arms the thief with enough information to appear credible and gain access to the victim’s accounts, credit and credit history. Any credit union members or bank customers that have completed and faxed the form are urged to promptly notify all financial institutions they do business with, contact the fraud department of all three credit bureaus and file a report with the local police department. Those who have only received the form should report the incident to the IRS at (800) 829-0433.</p>

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