IRS Scam Phone Call
As a Certified Fraud Examiner, even I get those lovely IRS scam phone calls trying to scare me into believing that the IRS is on its way to my house along with the local police to arrest me for filing my tax return incorrectly. I truly wish that more and more people would help spread the word to those (and thousands do) that fall for this scam. The best I can do is keep the scammers on the phone long enough so that they waste their time with me rather than a victim who will end up falling for the scam.
- The IRS will not call you
- The IRS will not ask for credit card, debit card or prepaid card information over the telephone.
- The IRS will not insist that taxpayers use a specific payment method to pay tax obligations
- The IRS will not request immediate payment over the telephone and will not take enforcement action immediately following a phone conversation. Taxpayers usually receive prior notification of IRS enforcement action involving IRS tax liens or levies.
- The scammer will tell you that you owe money that must be paid immediately to the IRS or they are entitled to big refunds.
- When unsuccessful the first time, sometimes phone scammers call back trying a new strategy.
- Scammers sometimes send bogus IRS emails to some victims to support their bogus calls.
- The scammer will have your name, address, phone number and possibly the last 4 digits of your social security number.
- After threatening victims with jail time or driver’s license revocation, deportation, immediate arrest, scammers hang up and others soon call back pretending to be from the local police or DMV, and the caller ID supports their claim.
- If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, here’s call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040. Ask the IRS directly if you have a payment issue on your tax file.
Please remember the following and share with your friends and family – Here is a direct link from the IRS regarding IRS Phone Scams should you have additional questions.
As a CFE who specializes in financial investigations and employee embezzlement cases, I do not provide fraud recovery services to individuals. If you are or know a victim of a fraud scheme, contact your local police department and file a report. If your crime is large enough and has multiple victims such as a Ponzi scheme, contact your local FBI office.