IRS Urges Public to Stay Alert for Scam Phone Calls
The IRS warns consumers to guard against scam phone calls from thieves intent on stealing their money or their identity. Criminals pose as the IRS to trick victims out of their money or personal information. Here are several tips to help you avoid being a victim of these scams:
- Scammers make unsolicited calls.
- Callers try to scare their victims.
- Scammers use caller ID spoofing.
- Cons try new tricks all the time.
These scams have cost victims over $23 million.
The IRS will
- Call you to demand immediate payment.
- Call you if you owe taxes without first sending you a bill in the mail.
- Demand that you pay taxes and not allow you to question or appeal the amount you owe.
- Require that you pay your taxes a certain way. For instance, require that you pay with a prepaid debit card.
- Ask for your credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
- Threaten to bring in police or other agencies to arrest you for not paying.