As many people are working to file their taxes, many scammers are also.
There are different types of tax scams that you should know about, but the telephone con continues to be the most popular.
Here is how the IRS says the scam works:
- Scammers call taxpayers telling them they owe taxes and face arrest if they don’t pay. Sometimes, the first call is a recording, asking taxpayers to call back to clear up a tax matter or face arrest.
- When taxpayers call back, the scammers often use threatening and hostile language. The thief claims the taxpayers may pay their debts using a gift card, other pre-paid cards or wire transfers.
- Taxpayers who comply lose their money to the scammers.
Taxpayers should remember that the IRS does not:
- Call taxpayers demanding immediate payment using a specific payment method, but will first mail a bill.
- Threaten to have taxpayers arrested for not paying taxes.
- Demand payment without giving taxpayers an opportunity to question or appeal the amount the IRS believes they owe.
- Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
Taxpayers who receive these phone calls should:
- Hang up the phone immediately, without providing any information.
- Report these calls to the:
How to know it’s really the IRS calling or knocking on your door
Source Directly from: IRS.Gov