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BEWARE OF SCAMMERS!!!! There are plenty of fraudsters trying to take your money. Please use caution especially when someone calls saying they are from the IRS. Most all contact from the IRS will be in the way of "CP" letters in the mail. The IRS will never ask for credit card information or be hostile with you on the phone. If this happens just hang up. It is probably a scam. Never give bank or credit card information or send money to someone you don't know. If you receive a letter or phone call please contact me and I will be glad to help you with that.
Posted: 14 Aug 2014 07:53 PM PDT
Five million dollars. That’s how much money the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) estimates that victims have lost to the most recent IRS phone scam.
In the most common version of the scheme, callers posing as IRS representatives contact taxpayers by phone, claiming that they owe money to the IRS. Taxpayers are told that they must pay the balance promptly using a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer or be subject to punishment, including arrest, deportation or suspension of a business or driver’s license. The callers may have heavy foreign accents, use common names and fake badge numbers. The number on the caller ID may also look like the IRS since the scammers may spoof the IRS toll free number.
It is not unusual for the caller to turn hostile during the call, and use threatening language. And even though the IRS has a bad rap, that’s not the way they do business. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen reminded taxpayers to be mindful about the scheme, warning, “A big red flag for these scams are angry, threatening calls from people who say they are from the IRS and urging immediate payment. This is not how we operate. People should hang up immediately and contact TIGTA or the IRS.”
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