Beware of IRS Scammers4 Apr, 2018
Be aware of scammers claiming to be from the IRS!
We have received numerous complaints from our citizens involving suspicious phone calls from someone claiming to be with the IRS. The calls are coming from various locations and phone numbers. These con artist sound convincing and may know a lot about you. They use fake names and bogus IRS identification badge numbers.
PLEASE DO NOT RESPOND TO THE PHONE CALLS.
Here are five things the scammers often do, but the IRS will not do. Any of these five things are a tell-tale sign of a scam.
The IRS will never:
- Call to demand immediate payment, nor will they call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill.
- Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
- Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card.
- Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
- Threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.
If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS and asking for money, here’s what you should do:
If you know you owe taxes or think you might owe, call the IRS at 1.800.829.1040.
If you know you don’t owe taxes or have no reason to believe that you do, report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) at 1.800.366.4484 or at www.tigta.gov.