IRS Alerts Taxpayers to Summer Increase in Phone Scams, Requests for Fake Tax Payments
The IRS has warned taxpayers about a summertime increase in telephone scams, in the form of automated calls and new tactics from scammers demanding tax payments on iTunes and other gift cards. These fake calls generally claim to be the last warning before legal action is taken, the IRS explained. Scammers may threaten to arrest, deport or revoke the driver’s license of the victim if they do not agree to pay.
“It used to be that most of these bogus calls would come from a live person. Scammers are evolving and using more and more automated calls in an effort to reach the largest number of victims possible,” said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. “Taxpayers should remain alert for this summer surge of phone scams, and watch for clear warning signs as these scammers change tactics,” he added.
The IRS emphasized that it will never call to demand immediate payment over the phone without first having mailed a bill, or threaten to immediately bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups. Further, the IRS will never demand payment without the opportunity to question or appeal the amount, or require a taxpayer to use a specific payment method for your taxes. Finally, the IRS will never ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone. The IRS urged taxpayers to report scam calls the to Service, the Federal Trade Commission or the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA).
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