Recently we received few calls from our clients stating that they have received a call from someone claiming to be with the IRS and asking for a payment. The truth is the IRS usually first contacts people by mail – not by phone – about unpaid taxes. And the IRS won’t ask for payment using a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer. The agency also won’t ask for a credit card number over the phone.
The IRS is warning the public about a phone scam that targets people across the nation, including recent immigrants. Callers claiming to be from the IRS tell intended victims they owe taxes and must pay using a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer. The scammers threaten those who refuse to pay with arrest, deportation or loss of a business or driver’s license.
The callers who commit this fraud often:
Be alert for phone and email scams that use the IRS name. The IRS will never request personal or financial information by email, texting or any social media. You should forward scam emails to email@example.com. Don’t open any attachments or click on any links in those emails.
Read more about tax scams on the genuine IRS website, IRS.gov.IRS Warns of Phone Scam.(2013, November 7). IRS Special Edition Tax Tip 2013-13 Website. Retrieved January 1, 2014, from www.irs.gov