5/15/2018 - 5/15/18 - IRS Scam Warning
Well … the whole IRS Scam-Thing is back … and causing its usual headaches!!
If you are one of the two people in the world that have not been affected by the scam, we will explain it briefly;
The swindle involves aggressive and threatening phone calls by
criminals impersonating IRS agents remain a major threat to taxpayers.
The IRS and Police agencies across the country have seen a surge of
these phone scams as scam artists threaten police arrest, deportation,
license revocation and other things. The IRS reminds taxpayers to guard
against all sorts of con games that arise during any filing season.
Citizens across the nation face a deluge of these aggressive phone
scams. Don't be fooled by callers pretending to be from the IRS in an
attempt to steal your money.
IRS Commissioner John Koskinen
advised taxpayers “We continue to say if you are surprised to be hearing
from us, then you're not hearing from us.”
"There are many
variations. The caller may threaten you with arrest or court action to
trick you into making a payment,” Koskinen added. “Some schemes may say
you're entitled to a huge refund. These all add up to trouble. Some
simple tips can help protect you."
"The IRS continues working
to warn taxpayers about phone scams and other schemes," Koskinen said.
"We especially want to thank the law-enforcement community, tax
professionals, consumer advocates, the states, other government agencies
and particularly the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration
for helping us in this battle against these persistent phone scams."
Scammers make unsolicited calls claiming to be IRS officials. They
demand that the victim pay a bogus tax bill. They con the victim into
sending cash, usually through a prepaid debit card or wire transfer.
They may also leave “urgent” callback requests through phone
“robo-calls,” or via a phishing email.
Many phone scams use
threats to intimidate and bully a victim into paying. They may even
threaten to arrest, deport or revoke the license of their victim if they
don’t get the money.
Scammers often alter caller ID numbers to
make it look like the IRS or another agency is calling. The callers use
IRS titles and fake badge numbers to appear legitimate. They may use
the victim’s name, address and other personal information to make the
call sound official.
Here are five things the 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 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.
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 don’t owe taxes, or have no reason to think that you do:
• Do not give out any information. Hang up immediately.
• Contact TIGTA to report the call. Use their “IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting” webpage. 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.
If you know you owe, or think you may owe tax:
• Call the IRS at 800-829-1040. IRS workers can help you.
Thanks everyone and stay alert to these scams … we will be here!!