IRS Phone Scam Hitting Idaho

[et_pb_section fb_built=”1″ _builder_version=”3.26.3″][et_pb_row _builder_version=”3.26.3″][et_pb_column _builder_version=”3.26.3″ type=”4_4″][et_pb_text _builder_version=”3.26.3″]The scammers make unsolicited calls to taxpayers fraudulently claiming to be IRS officials.  They demand money be sent to them for unpaid taxes.  They want the taxes paid via prepaid debit cards or wire transfers.  There are also versions promising big refunds.

If you receive one of these calls please just hang up.  Do not divulge information or make payments over the phone. If you have a question about the status of your relationship with the IRS, please contact your accountant for clarification.

Please be aware that the IRS will never call to demand immediate payment, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill.   The IRS will never demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.  The IRS will not require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card, nor will they ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.   The IRS will not threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.

For anyone who is not represented by an accountant, or those wishing to speak directly with the IRS, you may call this number to find out if there really is an issue you need to resolve: 1.800.829.1040 (Be prepared to patiently wait for assistance.)

Big RED flags! Characteristics of the scam listed on the IRS website:

  • Scammers use fake names and IRS badge numbers. They generally use common names and surnames to identify themselves.
  • Scammers may be able to recite the last four digits of a victim’s Social Security number.
  • Scammers spoof the IRS toll-free number on caller ID to make it appear that it’s the IRS calling.
  • Scammers sometimes send bogus IRS emails to some victims to support their bogus calls.
  • Victims hear background noise of other calls being conducted to mimic a call site.
  • After threatening victims with jail time or driver’s license revocation, scammers hang up and others soon call back pretending to be from the local police or DMV, and the caller ID supports their claim.

IRS Webpage warning against this scam

In addition to the Phone Scam, there are also scammers sending email requesting that you “update your IRS e-file” information.   The IRS has a list of scam on their website.    If something doesn’t sound right, it probably isn’t.  Please be cautious with your personal data.

Content and wording pulled from the IRS website and from our Tax Committee Chair Todd Wadsworth, CPA.

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