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Warns Taxpayers of Summer Surge in Automated Phone Scam Calls; Requests for
Fake Tax Payments Using iTunes Gift Cards
— The Internal Revenue Service warned taxpayers to stay vigilant against
an increase of IRS impersonation scams in the form of automated calls and new
tactics from scammers demanding tax payments on iTunes and other gift cards.
these bogus calls can take many forms and scammers are constantly changing
their strategies, knowing the telltale signs is the best way to avoid becoming
IRS Will Never:
- Call to demand
immediate payment over the phone, nor will the agency call about taxes
owed without first having mailed you a bill.
- Threaten to
immediately bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have
you arrested for not paying.
- Demand that
you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the
amount they say you owe.
- Require you to
use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit
card, gift card or wire transfer.
- Ask for credit
or debit card numbers over the phone.
you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS and asking for
money and you don’t owe taxes, here’s what you should do:
- Hang up
- Contact TIGTA
to report the call. Use their “IRS
Impersonation Scam Reporting” web page or call 800-366-4484.
- Report it to
the Federal Trade Commission. Use the “FTC Complaint
on FTC.gov. Please add “IRS Telephone Scam” in the notes.
- If you think
you might owe taxes, call the IRS directly at 800-829-1040.
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