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

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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