TAX TIME! IRS IMPERSONATORS MAY BE AT IT AGAIN!
It’s tax time again! What better time, than now, is there to perpetrate a fraud? Who wants money? As we all raise our hands, there are schemers claiming to be the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and they’re making it happen- dishonestly. These people are conning hard-working Americans, threatening them with the loss of their freedom (jail). Amazingly enough, these cons have succeeded somewhat with their efforts. Since 2013, there have been 5,000 victims, $26 million worth of illegally obtained funds.
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Some of the tactics being used by these criminals are:
- They use fictitious names and IRS badge numbers.
- They may know the last four digits of your social security number.
- The name and phone number of the caller may even display that of the IRS.
- They may generate bogus emails from the IRS.
- There may be back ground noise, simulating sounds heard in call centers.
- After the call disconnects, scammers may follow up with calls from Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) or the local police department; in their efforts to cast out the call recipient’s doubt that the call may be a farce.
Per The United States Treasury Deputy Inspector General (TIGTA) Timothy Camus, authentic Internal Revenue Service (IRS) employees, NEVER THREATEN, DEMAND IMMEDIATE PAYMENT, or REQUEST A CREDIT CARD NUMBER. Before placing a call, The IRS will ALWAYS send a letter REQUESTING payment for back taxes owed. If you receive a call from the “IRS” and feel threatened then it’s probably not the IRS that you are speaking to.
Money certainly does not grow on trees but it seems as though it does for these predators. They prey on the innocence and vulnerability of those who are making an honest living. If you are receiving threats demanding immediate payment, hang up your phone immediately and notify TIGTA at 1-800-366-4484. Do not fall victim to these scoundrels.