A few items for you to be aware of so you don’t fall victim to an IRS phone scam.
Tips from the IRS
- Never asks for credit card, debit card or prepaid card information over the telephone.
- Never insists that taxpayers use a specific payment method to pay tax obligations.
- Never requests immediate payment over the telephone and will not take enforcement action immediately following a phone conversation. Taxpayers usually receive prior notification of IRS enforcement action involving IRS tax liens or levies.
- The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email to request personal or financial information. This includes any type of electronic communication, such as text messages and social media channels. The IRS also does not ask for PINs, passwords or similar confidential access information for credit card, bank or other financial accounts. Recipients should not open any attachments or click on any links contained in the message.
Other characteristics of these scams include:
- Using fake names and IRS badge numbers. They generally use common names and surnames to identify themselves.
- Being able to recite the last four digits of a victim’s Social Security number.
- Spoofing the IRS toll-free number on caller ID to make it appear that it’s the IRS calling.
- Occasionally send bogus IRS emails to some victims to support their bogus calls.
- Hearing hear background noise of other calls being conducted to mimic a call site.
- Threatening victims with jail time or driver’s license revocation, scammers hang up and others soon call back pretending to be from the local police or DMV, and the caller ID supports their claim.
If you receive an email stating they are trying to collect income taxes from you, you should NOT open the email or the attachment and forward the email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The IRS encourages you to stay vigilant about bogus IRS phone calls and emails.
IN THE EVENT YOU ARE ACTUALLY BEING CONTACTED BY THE IRS, they will do so via the U.S. Postal Service and eventually via certified mail.
If you think you owe taxes for any reason, you can contact the IRS directly at 1-800-829-1040. You can also contact us at 303-792-9445 and have one of our CPAs represent you before the IRS for any current or prior tax matters you may have.
REMEMBER: NEVER give your social security number or bank account information to ANYONE that calls you on the phone.