Tax Scams: What to Know to Protect Yourself

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If you receive a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS

Report it to the US Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA):
1 (800) 366-4484 or click here to file a report online

OR

Report it online to the Federal Trade Commission by clicking here

What Scammers will do, but NEVER the IRS

  1. Call about what taxes you owe without mailing an official notice first
  2. Demand a payment without allowing you to appeal or question the amount due
  3. Request a specific payment method, i.e. prepaid debit card
  4. Ask for payment over the phone
  5. Threaten to have the taxpayer arrested for non-payment

Pre-Loaded Debit Card Scam
The caller claims to be from the IRS and states that the taxpayer owes money and demands immediate payment. Usually via a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer. With threats of arrest and/or suspension of their driver’s license, the caller can be aggressive and insulting.

These Scammers Often:

  1. Use common names and bogus IRS badge numbers
  2. Demand payment via gift cards (iTunes, Prepaid Debit Cards)
  3. Modify their Caller ID to appear as the IRS is calling
  4. Know the last 4 digits of your social security number
  5. Send fraudulent IRS emails to support their call
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