Fake IRS collectors are calling

This time of year is often taxing for many consumers. Scams aimed at stealing taxpayers’ money make the season more stressful.

The Treasury Inspector General for Taxpayer Administration (TIGTA) warns that crooks posing as Internal Revenue Service (IRS) officials are contacting people claiming they owe taxes. The caller demands a prepaid debit card, wire transfer or a credit card number for payment. If the person doesn’t comply, the caller threatens to arrest or deport the target, or take away their driver’s license or business.

Thousands of victims have lost money to these tax scam artists. But there are ways to recognize them and foil their attempts to steal your money.

These scammers often:

  • call you. But when the IRS contacts people about unpaid taxes, they do it by postal mail, not by phone 
  • use common names and fake IRS badge numbers
  • know the last four digits of your Social Security number
  • demand payment via a prepaid debit card or wire transfer. The IRS doesn’t ask for either of these payment methods, nor will they ask for credit card numbers.
  • rig caller ID information to appear as if the IRS really is calling
  • send fake emails that look like legitimate IRS correspondence
  • make a second call claiming to be the police or department of motor vehicles, rigging the caller ID information  

To protect yourself from imposters who call, claiming to be from the IRS:

  • don’t provide any account or other personal information. Hang up the phone.
  • never wire money to a person or company you don’t know. Once you wire money, you can’t get it back.
  • if you owe - or think you owe - federal taxes, call the IRS at 800-829-1040. IRS workers can help you with your payment questions. You also can visit the IRS website at irs.gov.
  • if you’ve already paid your taxes, call and report the incident to TIGTA at 800-366-4484.
  • forward emails from the IRS to phishing@irs.gov. Don’t open any attachments or click on any links in those emails. 
  • file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission at ftc.gov/complaint. Include “IRS Telephone Scam" in your complaint.
Tagged with: IRS, phishing, scam, tax
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Money & Credit

Comments

IRS Telephone Scam
They called me house!
The # is 325 500 0533

Got a call from 202-506-9418 stating he works for the IRS and for me to contact him ASAP and do not ignore the call.

I got a call from 202-506-9060. Kevin Brown was the guy's 'name'. Losers...little boys afraid to actually work for money

I may not get my $214.99 backbut here is the name of the scam pccaressupport-home ut a1-16000001044heaq

Git a call from irs julie smith with a second call warning and next is action.got a call from 415-506-1667.should i be scared?

Got a call from Julie smith also with the same BS.
These people should have their fingernails pulled out
with a pair of plyers one by one and their butt cheeks
super glued together.

Yes!I got a automated call from Julie Smith!! That is crazy!

I just got an automated call from Julie Smith as well..I figured I would first research the number, and now I know who these people are its time tohave some fun...

I did as well! Im kinds freaked out.

I also got a message from a Julie smith telling me to immediately call back and no charges will be pressed against me at this time. Its freaky. The person called from (415)852-9235 from san francisco/north bay area.

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