It’s Almost April 15. Here Come the Fraudsters Claiming to be IRS

Know the five tell-tale signs that can tip you off to this type of scam

Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016 — New York





With April 15th fast approaching, the telemarketing fraudsters are ramping up. According to law enforcement agencies, reports of scams like the ones we saw last year, are back with a vengeance.

IRS Phone Scam Fraud"Taxpayers across the nation face a deluge of these aggressive phone scams. Don't be fooled by callers pretending to be from the IRS in an attempt to steal your money," said John Koskinen, current IRS Commissioner, in a release from the Internal Revenue Service.

There are steps you can take to protect yourself, according to Koskinen and the IRS,  who outlined the original five signs, which can be found here.

Five Telltale Signs That a Scammer is Calling (and you should hang up):

  1. Scammers request immediate payment. The IRS will not telephone you to demand immediate payment
  2. Scammers will tell you the amount is final. The IRS always allows taxpayers to challenge a payment amount.
  3. Scammers will demand you use a hard to track payment methods, such as prepaid cards. The IRS will not tell you which form of payment to use.
  4. Scammers will ask you to “verify” or provide sensitive information over the phone, by voice or key press. The IRS already knows your SSN. Don’t give out any credit card or SSN information.
  5. Scammers claim that immediate law enforcement action is coming. Time is on your side. The IRS will not call local law to jail you immediately for non-payment.

Next Steps...

U.S. Treasury
If you’ve been called, contact the US Treasury (TIGTA) to report it. Call 800-366-4484 or use their “ IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting” web page at:

https://www.treasury.gov/tigta/contact_report_scam.shtml

Federal Trade Commission
Use the “ FTC Complaint Assistant” web page below and add "IRS Telephone Scam" in the notes:
https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/#&panel1-1

The FCC also runs the DoNotCall website, which can help reduce the number of unwanted calls, but probably not the scammers. The web page is here:
https://www.donotcall.gov/

CallStorm.com

You can add it to our own Callstorm.com database here:
http://www.callstorm.com/ + number that called you

Federal Communications Commission

The FCC also maintains a call list. To file a complaint you can reach them at
1-888-CALL-FCC (1-888-225-5322);
TTY: 1-888-TELL-FCC (1-888-835-5322);
ASL Videophone: 1-844-432-2275 or on their website at:
https://consumercomplaints.fcc.gov/hc/en-us/requests/new?ticket_form_id=39744

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