BEWARE – IRS Scam Alert

April 2, 2015 News

Scam Alert

Over the few years, MLPD has seen an increase in reports of IRS scams.  Citizens are reminded that the IRS will never demand immediate payment, nor will the agency call about tax issues without first having mailed a bill.  Continue reading for more information about this scam and how to avoid becoming a victim.

This type of scam is not new and has been occurring all across the country.  Remember…Always use care when sharing your identifying information, especially your date of birth and social security number.  During deceptive phone calls, scammers are sometimes able to obtain an unsuspecting victim’s personal information and use it for fraudulent purposes.

The following is an excerpt from the IRS with some important information about this type of ongoing phone scam:

IRS – Impersonation Telephone Scam

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.

Or, victims may be told they have a refund due to try to trick them into sharing private information.

If the phone isn’t answered, the scammers often leave an “urgent” callback request.

Note that the IRS will never:

1) call to demand immediate payment, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill.

2) demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.

3) require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card.

4) ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.

5) threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.

Please share the information about these types of scams with your family, friends and neighbors, especially any senior citizens who may not have access to the warnings about this type of fraudulent activity.

For additional information about these scams, please visit the IRS website or CLICK HERE.

More info from the U.S. Treasury Department can be found HERE.

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