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SCAM ALERT SATURDAY - IRS Phone Scams

Published: 05/05/2018




SCAM ALERT SATURDAY - IRS Phone Scams

 

Recently, we have heard of instances where our community members have received unsolicited calls from scammers claiming to be IRS officials. We want you to be aware of this ongoing scam on another installment of “SCAM ALERT SATURDAY.”

These scammers will 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. They’ve even begun politely asking taxpayers to verify their identity over the phone.

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 some 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 over the phone, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed you several bills.

• Call or email you to verify your identity by asking for personal and financial information.

• 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 e-mail.

• Threaten to immediately 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 or to verify your identity, HERE’S WHAT YOU SHOULD DO:

• Do not give out any information and 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.

We hope this information might prevent our community members from becoming victims of this or any other scams. For more information on these IRS scams, visit https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/how-to-know-its-really-the-irs-calling-or-k....

Have a wonderful weekend, Riverside!