IRS Phone Scam Won’t Let Up
An aggressive phone scam targeting taxpayers has been making the rounds throughout the country. Callers claim to be employees of the IRS, but are not. Unfortunately, this scam seems to be gaining steam here in the Tennessee Valley.
These con artists can sound convincing when they call. They use fake names and bogus IRS identification badge numbers. They may know a lot about their targets, and they usually alter the caller ID to make it look like the IRS is calling. Victims are told they owe money to the IRS and it must be paid promptly through a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer.
If the victim refuses to cooperate, they are then threatened with arrest, deportation or suspension of a business or driver’s license. In many cases, the caller becomes hostile and insulting.
If the phone isn’t answered, the scammers often leave an “urgent” callback request. Remember – if the IRS is looking for you – they will mail you a letter. And more than likely, you will already know about it. Please share this story with family and friends.
IRS Phone Scam Red Flags:
- Call to demand immediate payment, nor will the agency 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.
You may also report instances of IRS-related phishing attempts and fraud to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 1-800-366-4484.