March 1, 2016
The IRS continues to warn people to guard against scam phone calls from thieves attempting to steal your money or identity. You should be aware that there is are criminals who will make phone calls in order to pose as the IRS to trick victims out of their money or personal information.
These callers may demand money or may say you have a refund due and try to trick you into sharing private information. These con artists can sound convincing when they call. They may know a lot about you, and they usually alter the caller ID to make it look like the IRS is calling. They use fake names and bogus IRS identification badge numbers. If you don’t answer, they often leave an “urgent” callback request.
It is often possible to identify these fake calls quickly. The IRS has issued several tips to help you avoid being a victim of these scams:
The IRS will not:
- Call you to demand immediate payment. The IRS will not call you if you owe taxes without first sending you a bill in the mail.
- Demand that you pay taxes and not allow you to question or appeal the amount you owe.
- Require that you pay your taxes a certain way. For instance, require that you pay with a prepaid debit card.
- Ask for your credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
- Threaten to bring in police or other agencies to arrest you for not paying.
If you don’t owe taxes, or have no reason to think that you do:
- Do not give out any information. Hang up immediately.
If you know you owe, or think you may owe tax:
- Call the IRS. They are very helpful and can help answer your questions.
- If you have questions about what you can do with IRS liability, or how a bankruptcy might deal with tax debt, you should contact our office to discuss the issues and options.