WASHINGTON — Aggressive and threatening phone calls by criminals impersonating IRS agents remain a major threat to taxpayers, but now the IRS is receiving new reports of scammers calling under the guise of verifying tax return information over the phone.Read More
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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.