IRS Phone Scam

There have been a growing number of tax-related phone scams, where the scammers are usually after your money and possibly your identity. Please be aware that the IRS will NEVER call you.

A scammer may call you and:

  • Identify themselves as an IRS agent, with a fake name and a fake badge number.
  • Alter the name and phone number that appears on your Caller ID to make it look like they’re calling from the IRS or Washington, D.C.
  • Convincingly try to force you to give your bank account or credit card information.
  • Say you owe delinquent taxes, demand immediate payment, and threaten to send the  police to arrest you.

If you get a phone call by someone claiming to be from the IRS:

  • Don’t talk to the caller or give out any information and hang up immediately.
  • Report the call to Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, 800-366-4484.

More information regarding IRS phone scams can be found online at www.irs.gov/scams.

Please remember, the IRS will never call you. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

About the author:

Tom Scanlon, CPA, CFP®

Tom Scanlon has over twenty-five years experience in public accounting with an extensive background in the areas of financial, tax and estate planning. Find Tom on Google+

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