Tax Scams

I got this phone message today:

“The reason of this call is to inform you that IRS is filling lawsuit against you.  To get more information about this case file please call immediately on our department number ______ I repeat ________.”

As I have mentioned before this is a scam.  The IRS has not, does not, and will not make first contact with a person about a tax issue by anything other than a letter mailed to their address.  As they mention in the video below:

I did a search for the phone number left in the message and I am not the only one that has gotten the phone call.  Some comments indicated that others have been threatened with warrants for their arrest.

If you know you owe taxes or think you might owe, call the IRS: 1.800.829.1040.

Here are a few links to learn more and/or to report if you have gotten one of these calls:

  • IRS Tax Scams Consumer Alerts:  https://www.irs.gov/uac/Tax-Scams-Consumer-Alerts
  • Report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) at 1.800.366.4484 or atwww.tigta.gov.
  • Federal Trade Commission and use their “FTC Complaint Assistant” at FTC.gov. Please add “IRS Telephone Scam” to the comments of your complaint.
  • Report International Scams at EConsumer.Gov.  From their website: “Econsumer.gov is an initiative of the International Consumer Protection and Enforcement Network (ICPEN). ICPEN is a network of governmental organizations in the enforcement of fair trade practice laws and other consumer protection activities.”

 

Related posts:

https://roseylinn.wordpress.com/2015/02/10/tax-season/

https://roseylinn.wordpress.com/2014/06/10/irs-phone-call-scam/

 

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5 thoughts on “Tax Scams

    1. It seems the calls increase every year around tax time. It’s best to not call them back. There are a lot of video’s out there on the subject. This one is by the Victoria Texas Police Department https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4sy2-SMhL8 In it the scammers admit to only wanting people to get a prepaid card, load it with all their money, and give them the information to clean out the account.

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