New IRS Phone Scam Making Rounds — What to Watch Out For
The IRS is warning you of a new phone scam making the rounds. The new trick makes it sound like you’re getting a call from the IRS asking you to give up your information. Here are five things to watch out for.
Basically, you’ll get a phone call from someone pretending to be the IRS asking for money that owed. They also might say you’re owed a refund and ask for private information including your bank account numbers or social security numbers. Know that the IRS will never:
1. Call you about taxes you owe without first mailing you an official notice.
2. Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
3. Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card.
4. Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
5. Threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.
If you do owe the IRS taxes, or think you do, call them yourself at 1-800-829-1040. They will help you.
If you know you don’t, send a report to 1-800-366-4484 or report the incident to tigta.gov.
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