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Beware of Phony IRS Callers: They are Coming Out of The Woodwork

January 28, 2016

 

Just in the last two years, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, or TIGTA, received reports of almost 736,000 scam contacts. Of those contacted, nearly 4,550 were victims who collectively loss over $23 million!

 

With tax season approaching, there has been an increase in calls from IRS scammers They claim to be IRS officials and demand that you the pay a bogus tax bill. They threaten arrest, deportation or will try to intimidate and bully a victim into paying money, or giving them personal information like social security numbers. They con victims into sending cash, usually through a prepaid debit card or wire transfer. They may also leave “urgent” callback requests through phone “robo-calls.”

 

To better fool people, they use fake Caller IDs that look like it’s the IRS calling. They use IRS titles and fake badge numbers to appear legitimate.. They may even use your name, address and other personal information to make the call sound official.

If you receive a threatening call or email that is supposedly from the IRS —relax, take a deep breath, and then hang up or delete the email immediately.

 

REMEMBER THESE FACTS:

  • The IRS will not call you or email you if you owe taxes without first sending you a bill in the mail.

  • The IRS will not demand that you pay taxes and not allow you to question or appeal the amount you owe.

  • The IRS will not require that you pay your taxes a certain way –such as with a prepaid debit card. Nor will the IRS ask for debit or credit card numbers over the phone.

  • The IRS will not threaten to bring in police or other agencies to arrest you for not paying. If you do in fact feel that you may owe taxes, contact the IRS at 800-829-1040 and speak to someone directly.

  • Report IRS scam calls to TIGTA. Use their “IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting” web page or call 800-366-4484. Also make a report to the Federal Trade Commission. Use the “FTC Complaint Assistant” at FTC.gov. Please add “IRS Telephone Scam” in the notes

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