SEATTLE — A fast-moving
phone scam called the largest of its kind is targeting taxpayers across the
country. Victims have reported threats of license suspension, arrest and
this timely scam so tricky? The scammers impersonate Internal Revenue Service
(IRS) agents and demand payment for taxes owed, and often:
- know the last four
digits of the victim’s Social Security number;
- make caller ID appear
as if the IRS is calling;
- send follow-up bogus
IRS emails to support their scam; and
- call a second time
claiming to be the police or Department of Motor Vehicles, and caller ID
again supports their claim.
usually contacts people by mail not by phone about unpaid taxes.
The IRS won’t
ask for payment using a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer, nor will they
involve law enforcement or immigration agencies.
WHAT TO DO:
If you or a
family member receives one of these calls, your best bet is to hang up. But if
you do get into a conversation, do not give anyone money or credit card
information over the phone and don’t trust callers who use threats or insults
to bully you.
incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at
complaint with the Federal Trade Commission at www.ftc.gov. Add "IRS Telephone Scam" to the
comments in your complaint.
If you owe or
think you owe federal taxes, call the IRS directly at 800-829-1040 to verify
information, visit www.irs.gov.
spread the word about this tax season scam by sharing this email with your
friends and family.
If you or
someone you know has been a victim of identity theft or fraud, contact the AARP
Foundation Fraud Fighter Center at 877-908-3360.
Contact the Attorney General’s Office to file a consumer complaint
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