If the phone rings and the caller says he represents the IRS, be suspicious.
There is a scam going on where someone may call you and say they are from the IRS, and are demanding payment of money you do not owe. This is how it works:
- They may quote the last 4 numbers of your Social Security Number.
- They say payment must be by pre-paid debit card or wire transfer through Western Union or direct from your bank.
- They may threaten you with arrest or revoking your driver’s license. (IRS CANNOT do this because they don’t have that authority)
- The caller uses fake IRS badge numbers, and if you have Caller ID, they have the ability to show the call is from IRS when it’s not the IRS at all.
- IRS does not make these kinds of calls demanding payment. They use regular mail to contact you first, or will send live agents.
- IRS DOES NOT ACCEPT CREDIT CARD INFORMATION BY PHONE
- They may follow up with fake IRS emails, or they might call again and say they are from the police department or are an MVA official.
- The IRS is working with phone companies to “track” these kinds of calls and arrest those making them.
Do not be fooled by these people and just ignore their demands.
If you receive an email that says it is from the IRS, be suspicious.
Tax-related phone scams and phishing emails are among the fraud techniques the IRS warned about earlier this tax season. It also warned of phishing preparer fraud and claims a preparer can offer “free money.”
IRS Tax Scams/Consumer Alerts Information
Video ASL resources from the IRS regarding ID Theft, Phishing-Malware, and other free tax information can be accessed directly from the IRS youtube channel at following link.
IRS YouTube ASL Channel at: www.youtube.com/IRSvideosASL
What to do to report Phishing emails: http://www.irs.gov/uac/Report-Phishing
The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email to request personal or financial information.
This includes any type of electronic communication, such as text messages and social media channels.
What is phishing?
Phishing is a scam typically carried out by unsolicited email and/or websites that pose as legitimate sites and lure unsuspecting victims to provide personal and financial information.
IRS Phishing-Malware Video
Watch IRS ASL video below or here: Phishing-Malware (Captions & Audio)