If The IRS Calls, Hang Up

by Rachel Baker on March 23, 2014

So, you probably won’t hear this very often, but in this case, its really good advice. With the tax deadline a few weeks away, there’s a new phone fraud scam where people are impersonating IRS officials. Its a pretty nasty scam.

The largest ever phone fraud scam of Internal Revenue Service impersonators is underway this tax season, and thousands of victims have lost more than $1 million as a result of the scam, according to the Treasury Inspector General for Taxpayer Administration. TIGTA, which has received reports of over 20,000 of the fake IRS calls, is warning taxpayers to be on the alert.

The IRS first warned taxpayers of the pervasive phone scams in November and included them on its Dirty Dozen tax scam list for 2014. The scammers appeared to first target to recent immigrants, but the scam has spread to the general population, and has hit nearly every state.

The scammers make unsolicited calls to taxpayers claiming to be IRS officials. Then the scammers threaten those who refuse to pay with arrest, deportation or loss of a business or driver’s license. Real IRS representatives will not make such threats, nor will they ask for debit card, money order, or bank account information over the phone.

For more information, check out the website:
http://www.forbes.com/sites/ashleaebeling/2014/03/21/if-the-irs-calls-hang-up/

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