A nationwide phone scam that took off at the end of last year isn't slowing down, says the IRS and Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. By August, over 90,000 complaints had been received, and it's believed that more than 1,100 victims have lost around $5 million. The IRS shares warning signs, explaining that it never:
- Asks for credit card, debit card, or prepaid card info over the phone.
- Insists that taxpayers use a specific payment method
- Requests immediate payment over the phone.
- Takes enforcement action immediately following a phone conversation.
- Initiates contact with taxpayers via email or other electronic communications to request personal or financial information.
If you receive a phone call, please do not give out any personal information. Ask for a call back office and then call our office.