5 Tips to Avoid Losing Money to Fake IRS Agents
The IRS will never: Call to demand immediate payment, nor call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill.
Earlier this week we warned you about an all-too-common scam: robocallers who pretend to be IRS agents. The scammers demand immediate cash, and threaten anyone who doesn’t pay-up ASAP with lawsuits, jail or worse. Here are 5 tips from Consumer Reports to avoid getting scammed.
The IRS will never: Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question/appeal the amount.
The IRS will never: Require you to use a specific payment method, such as a prepaid debit card. Or ask you for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
The IRS will never: Call to demand immediate payment without first having mailed you a bill. Nor will they use email, text messages or any social media to address your personal tax issues.
The IRS will never: Threaten to bring in local police to have you arrested for not paying.
If you do get a phone call from someone claiming to represent the IRS and asking for money, hang up and do the following to protect yourself:
- If you know or think you owe taxes, call your accountant or the IRS at 800-829-1040.
- If you know you don’t owe taxes, report the incident to the TIGTA at 800-366-4484 or at www.tigta.gov.
- Report the scam to the Federal Trade Commission’s FTC Complaint Assistant.
And remember, it’s important for regulators and policymakers to keep hearing from you. EndRobocalls.org is pushing the major phone companies to provide free tools to block unwanted robocalls before they reach your phone. Right now, one of the most effective actions you can take is to make your voice heard by joining the hundreds of thousands of Americans who are telling the carriers: Stop Robocalls!
Add your voice at www.EndRobocalls.org.