Telephone Scam Hits IRS

A major scam using the IRS name has been circulating the country recently. People are receiving calls from scammers pretending to be the IRS in nearly every state in the country. These scammers tell taxpayers that they owe money to the IRS and it must be paid immediately through wire transfer or a pre-loaded debit card. If the receiver does not cooperate, the caller threatens arrest, deportation or suspension of a business or driver’s license. There have been reported cases in which the caller becomes insulting and aggressive. These calls are being received throughout the country, especially by recent immigrants. 

 IRS Acting Commissioner Danny Werfer said, “This scam has hit taxpayers in nearly every state in the country.  We want to educate taxpayers so they can help protect themselves.  Rest assured, we do not and will not ask for credit card numbers over the phone, nor request a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer. If someone unexpectedly calls claiming to be from the IRS and threatens police arrest, deportation or license revocation if you don’t pay immediately, that is a sign that it really isn’t the IRS calling.”
The scammers make themselves look authentic. The following are methods the scammers commonly use to make it look as though they are from the IRS:

If you receive a call that says it is from the IRS, do the following:

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