Each year the IRS announces a dozen tax scams they call the “dirty dozen”. One of them - telephone scams - is on a huge upswing RIGHT NOW. Here is what you need to know.
“The aggressive, threatening phone calls from scam artists continue to be seen on a daily basis in states across the nation. The IRS urged taxpayers not give out money or personal financial information as a result of these phone calls or from emails claiming to be from the IRS.”
What to do
- No information. Do not provide information to someone who calls you by phone. This includes your name, social security number, address, or any financial information.
- No confirmation. These thieves often have stolen information of yours. It might include your name, address and social security number. By providing this information to you, they hope you will think they are legitimate. Do not fall for this trap.
- Get information. So are they the real deal? Get the name of the person, their id number, and your case number. Have them provide you with a phone number to call them back. Then hang up. Do not call them, but contact the authorities.
- Do not get bullied. These thieves are aggressive, may have fake caller id’s and may threaten you with asset seizure or jail time. Do not be harassed. Hang up.
- Report the incident. Contact the IRS via their direct phone number found on irs.gov and tell the representative what happened.
For more information on this scam and on what to do if this happens to you, please read this IRS announcement: IRS sees phone scams as a serious threat