be Fooled, Phone Scams Continue
to Be Serious Threat Nationwide
April 1st approaches, the IRS warns taxpayers
not to be fooled by the tricks scammers
use to take advantage of those they target.
Scammers use fake names, provide bogus
IRS badge numbers and alter caller ID
numbers to make it look like the IRS is
the final two weeks of the filing season
about to begin and millions preparing
their returns, taxpayers should be alert.
is no April Fool's joke. Everyone should
be on the lookout for threatening calls
from people faking IRS phone numbers and
demands for immediate payment," IRS
Commissioner John Koskinen said. "These
are scams. I urge taxpayers to stay vigilant
and remain aware of the constantly changing
tactics used by these criminals.
the filing season nears its end, there
has been a surge of phone scams where
scam artists threaten police arrest, deportation,
license revocation and other threats.
often leave urgent callback
requests and sometimes prey on the most
vulnerable people, such as the elderly,
newly arrived immigrants and those whose
first language is not English. Scammers
have been known to impersonate agents
from IRS Criminal Investigation as well.
are five things the scammers often do
but the IRS will not do.
IRS will not:
Call to demand immediate
payment, nor will the agency call about
taxes owed without first having mailed
you a bill.
Demand that you pay taxes
without giving you the opportunity to
question or appeal the amount they say
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.
Threaten to bring in local
police or other law-enforcement groups
to have you arrested for not paying.
you get a phone call from someone claiming
to be from the IRS and asking for money,
heres what you should do:
If you know you owe taxes
or think you might owe, call the IRS at
1-800-829-1040. The IRS workers can help
you with a payment issue.
If you know you dont
owe taxes or have no reason to believe
that you do, report the incident to the
Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration
(TIGTA) at 1-800-366-4484 or report it
online at the IRS Impersonation Scam
If youve been targeted
by this scam, also contact the Federal
Trade Commission and use their FTC
Complaint Assistant at FTC.gov.
If the complaint involves someone impersonating
the IRS, include the words IRS Telephone
Scam in the notes.
too, the IRS does not use email, text
messages or any social media to discuss
your personal tax issue involving bills
or refunds. For more information on reporting
tax scams, go to IRS.gov and type scam
in the search box.
information about tax scams is available
on IRS social media sites, including YouTube
and Tumblr, where people can search scam
to find the related posts.