Our office recently received a phone call from an almost-victim of a $25,000 phone scam. Apart from common sense, it’s always important to be cautious when you receive a call with a sudden demand for money.
And as tax day approaches, the IRS warns taxpayers of criminals impersonating their agents in an attempt to receive payment for a false bill.
According to the IRS, there are five signs to tell the difference between a scammer and the IRS:
- The IRS will never demand immediate payment, nor call about taxes owed without first mailing a bill.
- The IRS won’t demand payment without providing the opportunity to question or appeal the amount quoted.
- The IRS doesn’t require you to use a specific form of payment, i.e. a prepaid debit card.
- The IRS will never ask for credit or debit card numbers via phone.
- The IRS won’t threaten to bring in police to have you arrested for not paying.
If you believe you are being targeted by a scammer, it is recommended to call 1 800-829-1040, and real IRS workers will help you.