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IRS Impersonation Telephone Scam Targeting Taxpayers

The IRS recently reported that “an aggressive and sophisticated’ telephone scam targeting taxpayers is making its’ rounds throughout the US.

About The Scam
Telephone callers claim to be employees of the IRS, but they are NOT. Although they may sound convincing when they call, BEWARE, these are con artists.
They will use fake names and IRS identification badge numbers.
They may alter your caller ID to make it look like it’s the IRS calling.
They will already have some of your personal information

Victims are typically told that they owe money to the IRS and that it must be paid immediately through a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer.
If you refuse to cooperate, they will threaten with arrest, deportation or suspension of a business or driver’s license.
The caller may insult you and become hostile.

Scammers will also leave an “urgent” callback request.

REMEMBER
The IRS will never do any of the following;

  • Call to demand immediate payment using a specific payment method such as a prepaid debit card, gift card or wire transfer.
  • Threaten to immediately bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.
  • Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
  • Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
  • Contact a Taxpayer by email, text message or social media to request personal or financial information
  • Threaten a Taxpayer with a lawsuit, imprisonment or other enforcement related action

If you owe the IRS, generally they will send you a bill in the mail first.

NEVER SHARE YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION WITH THESE SCAMMERS.

TO REPORT ANY SCAMS, RELATED PHISHING ATTEMPTS AND FRAUD, CONTACT THE TREASURY INSPECTOR GENERAL FOR TAX ADMINISTRATION AT 1-800-366-4484

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