While most people are appropriately suspicious when they get phone calls from anyone offering you the deal of a lifetime, some still fall prey to phony calls from the IRS asking for back taxes.
As a preemptive measure, the IRS has issued a consumer alert bulletin warning of this malicious attempts. According to the IRS:
“An aggressive and sophisticated phone scam targeting taxpayers, including recent immigrants, has been making the rounds throughout the country. Callers claim to be employees of the IRS, but are not. These con artists can sound convincing when they call. They use fake names and bogus IRS identification badge numbers. They may know a lot about their targets, and they usually alter the caller ID to make it look like the IRS is calling.
Victims are told they owe money to the IRS and it must be paid promptly through a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer. If the victim refuses to cooperate, they are then threatened with arrest, deportation or suspension of a business or driver’s license. In many cases, the caller becomes hostile and insulting.”
Is The IRS Calling You?
In general, the IRS will not call you. You can be assured that the call is a scam to get your money or important private information.
If you get such a call, don’t tell them anything. Simply say that you can’t talk right now and will call them back. Then just phone the IRS at 1-800-829-1040 to check out the validity of the call.
If it turns out that you do have an issue with the IRS, give us a call to help you deal with it. Our number is 214-545-3966 or you can email us at [email protected] for detailed guidance.