Beware IRS Phone Scams

Recently there has been a surge in reports of IRS phone scam calls. The calls have become increasingly aggressive with criminals impersonating IRS agents and making threats to taxpayers. Threats have included police arrest, deportation, license revocation and a variety of other things.

Protect Yourself & Your Family.

Phone Scammers make unsolicited calls, claiming to be IRS agents and demand that the victim pay a fake tax bill. The scammers convince the victim to send funds either cash, prepaid debit cards or most frequently Walmart gift cards.

Scammers will leave urgent call back requests if you don’t answer similar to the following which is an actual voicemail that one of our employees received.

Voicemail Preview:

“To notify you that IRS has issued an arrest warrant against you. Right now you and your physical property those are being monitored and it’s very important that I do hear back from you as soon as possible before we proceed further in any legal matter. My direct call back number is 217-###-####.  Again the number is 217-###-####. Thank you.”

Remember, the following are five things that scammers do that the IRS will NEVER do:

  1. Call to demand immediate payment, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill.
  2. Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you own.
  3. Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes. I.E Walmart Gift Cards….
  4. Ask for your credit or debit card number over the phone.
  5. Threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have your arrested for not paying. This includes arrest warrant threats, deportation threats, and seizing your property.

If you receive a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS and asking for money, here’s what you should do:

  • Don’t give out any information. Hang Up Immediately.
  • Contact TIGTA to report the call. Use their “IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting” web page. You can also call 800-366-4484.
  • Report it to the Federal Trade Commission. Use the “FTC Complaint Assistant” on FTC.gov. Please add “IRS Telephone Scam” in the notes.

Stay alert to scams that use the IRS as a lure. Tax scams can happen any time of year, not just at tax time. For more, visit “Tax Scams and Consumer Alerts” on IRS.gov.

Each and every taxpayer has a set of fundamental rights they should be aware of when dealing with the IRS. These are your Taxpayer Bill of Rights. Explore your rights and our obligations to protect them on IRS.gov.

Content from the IRS.gov

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