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IRS Scam Warning!!

Posted on July 7, 2015

The Internal Revenue Service today warned consumers about a sophisticated phone scam targeting taxpayers!

 

     Victims are told they owe money to the IRS and it must be paid promptly through a pre-loaded 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.
     If someone unexpectedly calls claiming to be from the IRS and threatens police arrest, deportation or license revocation if you don’t pay immediately, that is a sign that it really isn’t the IRS calling. The first IRS contact with taxpayers on a tax issue is likely to occur via mail.

 

If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, here’s what you should do:

  • If you know you owe taxes or you think you might owe taxes, call the IRS at 1.800.829.1040.
  • If you know you don’t owe taxes or have no reason to think that you owe any, then call and report the incident to the TIGTA at 1-800-366-4484.

If you’ve been targeted by this scam, you should also contact the Federal Trade Commission and www.FTC.gov. Please add "IRS Telephone Scam" to the comments of your complaint.
 

 

For more information on this scam: http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/IRS-Warns-of-Pervasive-Telephone-Scam

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