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IRS Scams

  • By Lauri Paxton
  • 09 Feb, 2015
Scams and Identity Theft are on the rise. Every day we hear of another data breach. With the 2015 tax season fast approaching, police warn of tax scams and increased calls from the ‘IRS’ that prey on the elderly and those whose first language is not English.
These are threatening calls by scam artists using fake names and IRS badge numbers and phone numbers that appear to be from the IRS. The calls are high pressure indicating arrest, prosecution and jail time if immediate payment isn’t made. Don’t be fooled ~ this is a scam!
State Police provide some tips on how to protect yourself against these telephone scam artists.
According to police, the IRS will never:
  • 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.
The Treasury Inspector General states if you feel you are a target for a potential phone scam, know your rights and take the following steps:
  • If you owe Federal taxes, or think you might owe taxes, hang up and call the IRS at 800-829-1040. IRS workers can help you with your payment questions.
  • If you don’t owe taxes, call and report the incident to TIGTA at 800-366-4484.
  • You can also file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission at www.FTC.gov. Add “IRS Telephone Scam” to the comments in your complaint.
Be vigilant, be alert and don’t fall prey to scammers!
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