The I.R.S. is Not Calling for $$$
Like many of you, I’ve received several phone calls at home from aggressive, foreign sounding men claiming to be Internal Revenue Service collection agents. They claim that an error was discovered in my tax return and that unless I immediately make payment arrangements with them that I will face a federal grand jury and a U.S. Magistrate will put me in jail.
Unfortunately, over 300,000 people have been contacted by these scammers within the past year, and over $14 million dollars has been stolen from 3,000 frightened victims.
The fact is, the I.R.S. will never call to demand immediate payment, nor will it call before mailing you a bill. The I.R.S. will also give you an opportunity to question or appeal the amount owed. The I.R.S. will not require a specific payment method such as a prepaid debit card nor will it ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone. Finally, the I.R.S. will not threaten you with arrest, deportation or license revocation.
Should you receive one of these calls, after laughing loudly and hanging up, you are encouraged to report the incident to TIGTA (U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration) at 1-800-366-4484. You may also contact the Federal Trade Commission and use their FTC Complaint Assistant. Thank you for helping to stop these criminals.