With the deadline for income tax filing quickly approaching, it is important to be aware of the phone scam taking place with individual calling as IRS agents. 10,000 calls are being made weekly and more than 3,000 victims have fallen for this scam.
You will know it is a scam if:
1. Money is being demanded over the phone but you have not been contacted via mail informing you that you owe money previously.
2. You are being demanded to pay taxes, but not being given the chance to question or appeal the amount you owe.
3. You are required to pay by way of a prepaid debit card or other specific method.
4. The threat of law enforcement or arrestment is being used.
To avoid being scammed:
1. Preemptively call the IRS if you owe or think you may owe taxes, 1.800. 829.1040.
2. If you do not owe any money are phoned by someone claiming to be from the IRS, even if they give a badge number, call the Treasury General for Tax Administration at 1.800.366.4484.
3. File a complaint, including the phrase “IRS Telephone Scam” through the Federal Trade Commission website. Select “other” and then “Imposter Scams”
Information to remember: The IRS will never ask for credit or debit card details over the phone. For more information, visit www.irs.gov.