Client tip for February 2016: IRS – Impersonation Telephone Scam

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IRS – Impersonation Telephone Scam

An aggressive and sophisticated phone scam targeting taxpayers, including recent immigrants, has been making the rounds throughout the country.  Callers claim to be employees of the IRS, but are not.  These con artists can sound convincing when they call.  They use fake names and bogus IRS identification badge numbers.  They may know a lot about you, and they usually alter the caller ID to make it look like the IRS is calling.

Victims are told they owe money to the IRS and it must be paid promptly through a prepaid debit card or wire transfer.  If the victim refuses to cooperate, they are then threatened with arrest, deportation, or suspension of a business or driver’s license.  In many cases, the caller becomes hostile and insulting.

Sometimes victims are told they have a refund to try to trick them into sharing private information.  If the phone is not answered, the scammers often leave an “urgent” callback request.

Please remember that the IRS will NEVER:

  1. call to demand immediate payment, nor will they call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a notice of amount due
  2. demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe
  3. require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card
  4. ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone
  5. threaten to bring in local police or other law enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying

To learn more visit the IRS website:
www.IRS.gov/uac/IRS-Urges-Public-to-Stay-Alert-for-Scam-Phone-Calls

 

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