Federal student tax? No such thing.

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Imposters posing as IRS agents are trying to trick college students into paying a “federal student tax” – a tax that doesn’t even exist. 

Students from many colleges are telling the FTC that the calls go something like this: the so-called IRS agent tells you that you owe a “federal student tax,” and often has some piece of information that makes the call seem legit. Sometimes it’s the name of your school, or another piece of information about you. The caller demands that you wire money immediately, by MoneyGram or another untraceable method. And, if you don’t act quickly enough, the caller might threaten to report you to the police. If you hang up on the caller, they might make follow-up calls with spoofed caller-ID information. So, while caller ID might say it’s 911 or the U.S. Government calling, it’s not. It’s all fake.

If you get one of these calls, what do you do? Well, first, know this: No one from the IRS will ever ask you to wire money, or pay by sending iTunes gift cards or reloadable prepaid cards. That’s a scam, every time. In fact, the IRS will never contact you by phone first. If you owe money for an actual tax, the IRS will send a letter first. So, if you get one of these calls, hang up. Never wire money or give personal or financial information to one of these callers. Report the call to the FTC immediately.  And tell your friends at school. They might get the next call!

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Just another scam - but this time it is not directed at seniors. Just proves that scams are going around, and everyone is a potential victim.

thank you for ther time

Thank you for this information.

I had a message on my answering machine from the "IRS!! "Telling me I had to call them back! I did NOT call them back knowing full well it was a scam. My girlfriend got a message and she did call them back. The IRS " agent" started out telling her she was not allowed to swear at him..!!! That she owed X amount of dollars. He couldn't even tell her her husband's name..I said I hope you realize it's a scam. The IRS does NOT call you. If they want to get in touch with you they mail you a letter. Not by phone Or E-mail. Unreal....

Thanks. Interesting. Good to know

Maybe if these scam artists devoted their time to something legitimate & worthwhile, we might have cures for some of the illnesses that are killing people.

I'm receiving those calls at a rate of about once per week for 7 weeks now. We screen calls and collect them on our answering machine when it's not someone we know or have recently dealt with.

The first call was a full message. Succeeding calls have the first couple seconds of the message are distorted, so there's no ID. In addition, they are asking me to press 1 immediately to talk to an official. I have never answered any of the calls myself; they always to go the answering machine. Nor have I followed any of their silly quesions or pressed any keypad numbers.

The caller ID varies but this last one used my wife's nephew's name for his business. But no number appears. So far no snail mails or emails I can attribute to them. As a spam fighter with two decades + of experience and I have come to the decision that all scammers should die a slow, miserable and very expensive death.

This is sort of a PS: I also report any spam that touches any country outside the USA using egov, but at the same time their "forms" for reporting are a real drudge to get the data to them. They could make it be used a lot more of instead of all the questions, which are from email Headers, let you send them the email's Headers instead of the look at the spam and repeat the info in their little dialog boxes! I've tried to contact them directly but they are nothing but black holes that way. Thus I don't bother with a lot of the run of the mill stuff even when it's from .ru or .cn, etc. etc.. Its current format is nearly useless. So if anyone has an ear there, wise them up for me OK?

Is your comment about econsumer.gov?

-""""___ The IRS does NOT call you. If they want to get in touch with you they mail you a letter. Not by phone Or E-mail. Unreal....

Are scammers actually subsidizing your and my phone bills?
How much are phone companies making from them?

Whether these are federal or state offenses, it would help if really draconian criminal laws were passed against them, minimum sentences of twenty-five years with no parole in maximum security prisons. Of course, hardly anyone ever gets caught, but if occasionally one did and was sentenced very, very severely, it might have a deterrent effect. Or does this come under the category of white collar crime that our legislators treat leniently since they and their associates may be involved in it?

More of a question, does the IRS send people "field agents" to your physical address??

The IRS has warned people about scammers who claim to be 'field agents.'  The IRS said:

Do not let anyone into your home unless they identify themselves to your satisfaction. IRS special agents, field auditors, and collection officers carry picture IDs and will normally try to contact you before they visit. If you think the person on your doorstep is an impostor, lock your door and call the local police. To report IRS impostors, call the Treasury Inspector General’s Hotline at 1-800-366-4484.

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