IRS Phone Scam Warning

IRS Phone Scam Warning

IRS Scam Warning With the April 15th tax filing now just about a week behind us, we thought now was a good time to pass along a fraud warning directly from the IRS. Perhaps your clients could benefit from this notice as well.

It seems that people nationwide have been receiving calls from criminals pretending to be IRS agents. Often they will leave urgent callback requests and once they have someone on the phone will intimidate the victim into making immediate payments. Don’t be fooled. Keep in mind this information from the IRS:

1. The IRS will never call to demand immediate payment, and they will never call without first mailing a bill.

2. The IRS will never demand you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they claim you owe.

3. The IRS will never require you to use a specific payment method such as a prepaid debit card.

4. The IRS will never threaten to bring in law enforcement groups to have you arrested for non-payment.

5. The IRS does not use email, text messages, or any social media to discuss personal tax issues involving bills or refunds.

Beware that the elderly, recent immigrants, and those who do not speak English as a first language are often the most targeted in these scams. If you’ve been contacted by one of these scammers or even victimized, you can report the experience online here:

http://www.treasury.gov/tigta/contact_report_scam.shtml