Written by Lake City Presbyterian on August 2, 2017
Have you ever received a call from the IRS?
A fast-moving phone scam called the largest of its kind is targeting taxpayers across the country. Victims have reported threats of license suspension, arrest and deportation. What makes this timely scam so tricky? The scammers impersonate Internal Revenue Service (IRS) agents and demand payment for taxes owed, this happens all year long, not just during tax season!
This is how they operate:
* they know the last four digits of the victim’s Social Security number;
* they make caller ID appear as if the IRS is calling;
* they send follow-up bogus IRS emails to support their scam; and
* they call a second time claiming to be the police or Department of Internal Revenue Service, and caller ID again supports their claim.
The IRS usually contacts people by mail not by phone about unpaid taxes. They won’t ask for payment using a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer, nor will they involve law enforcement or immigration agencies.
WHAT TO DO:
If you or a family member receives one of these calls, your best bet is to hang up. But if you do get into a conversation, do not give anyone money or credit card information over the phone and don’t be intimidated by callers who use threats or insults to bully you.
- Report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 800-366-4484.
- File a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission at www.ftc.gov. Add “IRS Telephone Scam” to the comments in your complaint.
If you owe or think you owe federal taxes, call the IRS directly at 800-829-1040 to verify information. For more information, visit www.irs.gov.
Please help spread the word about this tax scam by sharing this information with your friends and family.
See you next month and God Bless,
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