Recently I came into work on a Monday morning and everything was going as usual until my phone rang, and I answered to a recording from the Internal Revenue Service telling me if I didn’t call back immediately, I could be under arrest for some money I owed.
Luckily for me, I knew this wasn’t the case and was already aware that there were some scam-calls going around from the “IRS”. With tax season wrapping up, these scam calls are happening more and more, so be very careful if you get one.
During these calls, you’ll be asked to call a number back immediately and to provide personal information. The fraud operators will likely steal your information and ask that you pay money that you “owe”.
I hate getting these calls, but hate even more the thought that innocent people fall for these calls and provide these fraud operators with what they want. The result can be identity theft or them even getting your money. Here are some key points to remember:
The IRS will NEVER:
- Call to demand for immediate payment.
- Ask for your credit or debit card number over the phone.
- Threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.
What should you do if you get one of these calls?
Do not give out any information. Hang up immediately.
What if you think you might actually owe?
If you know you owe or think you may owe taxes: Call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040. IRS employees can help you. Keep in mind that if the IRS needs to inform you of something legitimate, they will likely mail you such communication.
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Disclosure: Nothing on this post or site should ever be considered to be advice, research, or an invitation to buy or sell any securities.