Report IRS Phone Scam Here
With the tax filing deadline fast approaching, I wanted to get this out, understanding that it definitely should have been done earlier. Either way, unless your head is completely in the sand, IRS Phone Scams are surging around the country. If I could make a button that would help people to solve this problem the title would be that as above, Report IRS Scam Here! This button would magically identify the caller, where he or she lives, works and eats and supply you, the victim with a direct phone number to his or her home. Then my suggestion would be to post that number on your social media accounts and encourage everyone to call it, a lot!
The scammers are aggressive, arrogant, threatening, annoying and all attempt to be intimidating to you. All to swindle as much money as possible from you, and for some, it’s working. As of January, 2016, the IRS reported that they had received reports of roughly 896,000 contacts since October of 2013. And these numbers are increasing consistently on a yearly basis. They determined that there were 5,000 victims who have collectively paid over $26.5 million as a result of the scam.
It’s a serious situation that needs attention brought directly to it. These IRS scams pose a huge threat to taxpayers around the country. The IRS has seen a surge of these phone scams and an almost unbelievable amount of people that fall victim to it, losing a ton of money, as you can see from the numbers above. They hope to scare and make you feel like you have to fork over money during these calls. The scam artists threaten everything from police arrest, deportation, license revocation and other aggressive tactics. Understand that these types of calls and scams increase by volume around tax season, but, they continue throughout the year.
The IRS Will Never Do Any Of The Following:
-Call to demand immediate payment, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill.
-Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
-Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card.
-Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
-Threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.
And no one is safe, victims of all ages have fallen prey to these scammers and lost money. At our police department alone I’ve spoken to victims of all ages, wealth levels, races, religious beliefs and job employment levels. The perfect victim and whom they hope to find on the other end of these phone calls are the elderly or someone that does in fact owe the federal government money. The perfect victim would be one that struggles with debt that feels they owe everyone money. Usually, people in way over their heads, assume the information they are being told is true. They ask little to no questions, instead, they just figure a way to pay the money they “owe.”
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Here Are Two Types Of IRS Scams You Should Be Aware Of:
Tax Identity Theft – This is where your personal information is stolen and someone else uses it to file for a fraudulent tax return in your name.
This Can Include:
Claiming a tax refund using a deceased person’s information
Filing a tax return using another person’s social security number
Claiming someone else’s children as dependents
Your personal information can be stolen in so many ways, including theft of your mail, old tax returns
Corrupt tax preparers/accountants and even phony emails. Check my post on 7 Identity Theft Scams And The Best Identity Theft Protection– Click here!
What Should You Do To Avoid Tax Identity Theft?
–Mail tax returns as early in the tax season as possible before the cons beat you to it.
-Don’t give out personal information unless you know who’s asking for it and why they need it.
-Shred personal and financial documents.
-Know your tax preparer.
-Check the status of your refund after filing at irs.gov/Refunds
For help, contact the IRS Identity Protection Specialized Unit at 800-908-4490 and visit irs.gov/identitytheft.
2. IRS Imposter Scam – This is what I described above in the first few paragraphs, scammers call you over and over again, attempting to intimidate and scare you into giving them your money. Some of these callers are sophisticated, they may know part of you social security number, set the incoming number to show up on your caller i.d. to have it appear or say that it is the IRS calling. A huge key that should raise a red flag for you is if they ask you to put money on a prepaid debit card and to give them the number. (More on this in future posts.)
What Should You Do To Avoid The IRS Imposter Scam?
Remember The IRS Will Not:
-Call to demand immediate payment without first sending you a notification by regular mail
-Ask you for credit or debit card numbers over the phone
-Threaten to bring in local police or other law enforcement to arrest you for nonpayment.
If you have any doubts, call the IRS directly at 800-829-1040.
Or, if you’ve spotted a scam or think you may have been scammed, call our helpline at 877-908-3360 for advice and guidance.
Here’s what to do if you receive a suspicious phone call or message:
- Just Hang Up! If you receive a call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, and you do not owe tax, or if you are immediately aware that it’s a scam, do not engage with the scammer and do not give out any information.
- Don’t Call Back! If you receive a telephone message from someone claiming to be from the IRS, and you do not owe tax, or if you are immediately aware that it’s a scam.
- If you receive a phone call from someone claiming to be with the IRS, and you owe tax or think you may owe tax, do not give out any information.
Call the IRS back at 1.800.829.1040 to find out more information.
- You can also contact Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA)to report scam calls by calling 1.800.366.4484 or by using the “IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting” form on their website. You may also want to report the scam to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) by using the “FTC Complaint Assistant” to report persons pretending to be from the government; please add “IRS Telephone Scam” in the notes.
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