Tax season is officially here. Unfortunately, that means there are scammers out there looking to steal your information. IRS scams are becoming increasingly prevalent, don’t be a victim!
Here’s how the scams work:
You get a call from someone who says they are from the IRS. They say that you owe back taxes. They threaten to sue you, arrest you or revoke your license if you don’t pay right away. They tell you to put money on a prepaid debit card and give them the card numbers or to complete a money wire transfer. Please do not do what they are asking, this is a SCAM!
If you do get one of these calls, hang up the phone. Never give out personal or financial information such as Social Security number, financial information, credit card information or any passwords.
The real IRS won’t ask you to pay with prepaid debit cards or wire transfers. They also won’t ask for a credit card over the phone. When the IRS first contacts you about unpaid taxes, they do it by mail, not by phone. Also, don’t be fooled by caller I.D’s as they can be faked to look like the IRS is calling you.
Here’s what you can do:
1. Stop. Don’t wire money or pay with a prepaid debit card. Once you send it, the money is gone. If you have tax questions, go to irs.gov or call the IRS at (800) 829-1040.
2. If you spot a scam, report it to the Federal Trade Commission.
• Call the FTC at (877) FTC-HELP (877-382-4357) or TTY (866) 653-4261
• Go online: ftc.gov/complaint
3. Please remember to pass this information on to your family and friends so they do not become a victim of an IRS scam.