Phone Fraud Scam Targeting Taxpayers
There’s a taxpayer scam going on and you may be a potential target. The Treasury Inspector General for Taxpayer Administration is issuing a warning to taxpayers to beware of phone calls from individuals claiming to represent the Internal Revenue Service. I-R-S Officials claim victims have collectively paid over $1 million as a result of the scam. The scam involves callers claiming to be from the I-R-S. They tell intended victims they owe taxes and must pay using a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer. The scammers threaten those who refuse to pay with arrest, deportation or loss of a business or driver’s license. The I-R-S says it usually first contacts people by mail – not by phone – about unpaid taxes, and it won’t ask for payment using a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer, and it also won’t ask for a credit card number over the phone. If you owe federal taxes, or think you may owe taxes, hang up on the scammer and call the I-R-S.