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Monday, November 3, 2014

WARNING: IRS Scam Phone Calls Continue

The IRS has unveiled a new YouTube video to warn taxpayers not to be fooled by impostors posting as tax agency representatives. Scammers may demand money or tell you that you have a refund due to try to trick you into sharing your private information. The scam callers are quite sophisticated. They may know a lot about you and even have an altered caller ID to make it look like the IRS is calling you.

The IRS wants to remind taxpayers of five things are tell-tale signs of a scam. Scammers often use these methods to get you to divulge information. However, the IRS will never:

  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 owe.
  3. Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card.
  4. Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
  5. 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. The IRS workers can help you with a payment issue.
  • 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.
  • If you’ve been targeted by this scam, also contact the Federal Trade Commission and use their “FTC Complaint Assistant” at FTC.gov. Please add "IRS Telephone Scam" to the comments of your complaint.

Remember, too, the IRS does not use email, text messages or any social media to discuss your personal tax issue. For more information on reporting tax scams, go to www.irs.gov and type “scam” in the search box.


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