Someone calling from the IRS looking for money? Most likely it is a scam.
Callers are claiming to be from the IRS and demanding that taxpayers immediately send payment. They might have some personal information about the person being called and stating they have just a short time to make payment or they face police arrest, deportation, license revocation or other threats.
It is a scam!
The IRS has this scam at the top of their list of tax scams; and it is warning to not be fooled by callers pretending to be from the IRS in an attempt to steal your money. If you are surprised to be hearing from the IRS, then you are not hearing from the IRS because the IRS will always send out letters by mail multiple times before attempting to contact a taxpayer in another way.
The IRS is also warning about impersonators demanding payment for a non-existent tax that they call the “federal student tax”. This occurs when a scammer will call a student and attempt to get them to wire the scammer money immediately or risk getting arrested.
According to www.irs.gov, here are five things the scammer will often do but the IRS will not do. Any one of the five things is a tell-tale sign of a scam:
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, iTunes gift card or other gift card, Green Dot Prepaid Cards, MoneyPak Prepaid Cards, or Reloadit Prepaid Debit Cards as well.
• 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.
If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS and asking for money, here’s what you should do:
If you don’t owe taxes, or have no reason to think that you do:
• Do not give out any information. Hang up immediately.
• Contact TIGTA to report the call. Use their “IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting” web page. You can also call
• Report it to the Federal Trade Commission. Use the “FTC Complaint Assistant” on FTC.gov. Please add “IRS Telephone Scam” in the notes.
If you know you owe, or think you may owe tax:
• Call your accountant.
• Call the IRS at 800-829-1040. IRS workers can help you.
The IRS is providing a way for the public to stay alert of potential scams. “Tax Scams and Consumer Alerts” on IRS.gov.