The Council of Better Businesses Bureaus (CBBB) has reported a significant decrease in the number of tax related scams since the recent after the recent raid on a call center in Mumbai, India. The CBBB reported a nearly 95% decline in the number of reports on its BBB ScamTracker app.
While this is great news for consumers in the short run, make no mistake. Consumers may have a short respite from con, but other scam operators will quickly fill in the recently created vacuum. It’s important to stay vigilant. If you receive a telephone call by someone who claims to be from the IRS, U.S. Treasury, U.S. Marshall, or Attorney General and threatens you with arrest if you don’t pay a fine or penalty immediately, just hang up.
Here are five things that scammers often do, but the IRS will not do. Any one of these five things is a tell-tale sign of a scam.
The IRS will never:
- Call you about taxes you owe without first mailing you an official notice.
- 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 or ask you to wire money.
- Threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.
Remember, the IRS also does not use unsolicited email, text messages or any social media to discuss your personal tax issue. Source: BBB North Alabama.
For more information on this report go to, Better Business Bureau Sees a Huge Drop in Reports of IRS Scam Since Raid in India.