Sent on 1/25/2016 9:47:49 AM
The United States Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration is urging everyone to remain on "High Alert" for ongoing tax scams. Citizens across the country are receiving phone calls and emails demanding they pay back taxes immediately. Be aware these calls and emails are a scam. Do not respond to them or provide any personal information. Here is what you need to know. The IRS generally first contacts people by mail – not by phone – about unpaid taxes and the IRS will not ask for payment using a prepaid debit card, a money order or wire a transfer. The IRS also will not ask for a credit card number over the phone. The callers who commit this fraud often: *Utilize an automated robocall machine. *Use common names and fake IRS badge numbers. * May know the last four digits of the victim’s Social Security Number. *Make caller ID information appear as if the IRS is calling. *Aggressively demand immediate payment to avoid being criminally charged or arrested. *Claim that hanging up the telephone will cause the immediate issuance of an arrest warrant for unpaid taxes. *Send bogus IRS e-mails to support their scam. *Call a second or third time claiming to be the police or department of motor vehicles, and the caller ID again supports their claim. If you get a call from someone claiming to be with the IRS asking for a payment, here’s what to do: * If you owe Federal taxes, or think you might owe taxes, hang up and call the IRS at 800-829-1040. IRS workers can help you with your payment questions. *If you do not owe taxes, fill out the “IRS Impersonation scam” form on TIGTA’s website, www.tigta.gov, or call TIGTA at 800-366-4484. *You can also file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission at www.FTC.gov. Add “IRS Telephone Scam" to the comments in your complaint. Read more about tax scams on the official IRS website at www.irs.gov.