W-8BEN and IRS(Department of the Treasury)

I received a fax letter that begin with “Dear Sir.” It says “Please, complete Form W-8BEN ‘attached’ and return to us … by faxing it.” I found that the letter was not from IRS, that is, Internal Revenue Services of Department of the Treasury. Let’s be careful.

IRS Alerts Public to New Identity Theft Scams
http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=211669,00.html

There are a lot of items that are not included in the real form.

Date of Birth
Nationality
Place of Birth
Mother’s Maiden Name
Spouse Name
Spouse Date of Birth
Social Security Number
Profession
Bank Name(s)
Account number(s)
Branch Address
Date of Account(s) was opened
How often do you come to USA and when did you arrive last?
Attach photocopy of passport for proper identification

“They either e-mail or fax the form or letter. If only a letter, the letter itself contains the request for the personal and financial information. The letter, which claims to come from the IRS, states that the recipient will face additional taxes unless he or she quickly faxes the required information to the number provided by the scammer.
In reality, taxpayers file the genuine Form W-8BEN with their financial institutions, not with the IRS. Additionally, the genuine W-8BEN does not request the taxpayer’s passport number, bank account number, security or similar information.” (IRS)
http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=211669,00.html

The genuine W-8BEN form is titled “Certificate of Foreign Status of Beneficial Owner for United States Tax Withholding.”

Errata:
In my first message of this thread “begin” should read “begins” and “IRS” should read “the IRS.”