IRS Phone Scams
Don't Be a Victim
[Posted on 04/06/2015 at 1:32 PM]
As April 15th approaches, scammers are ramping up their efforts to trick people out of money and/or sensitive personal information. They tend to target the elderly and are using technology to impersonate the IRS, claiming that taxes are overdue. Even if the caller ID numbers shows IRS, it still could be a fake number. Be wary if you are asked to provide immediate payment over the phone, use a specific payment method, or if you are threatened with criminal arrest. The IRS won't contact you by text, email or social media to discuss your personal tax matters.
If you think you have been targeted in this scam, report it online at the IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting page or by phone to the the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) at 1-800-366-4484. If you want to check whether you might owe taxes to the IRS, call them directly at 1-800-829-1040.
For more information, read the IRS press release about this scam: http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/Don%E2%80%99t-be-Fooled-Phone-Scams-Continue-to-Be-Serious-Threat-Nationwide.
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