IRS Scam Calls

IRS Scam Calls

Scammers Impersonating the IRS

Has someone called you claiming you owe the IRS thousands of dollars and that you must pay now? If they have, this call is more than likely a scam. There is a new law which has allowed the IRS to use collection agencies to contact you. However, they will never ask for you to pay any debt over the phone immediately. The biggest way to determine if it is a scam call is if they ask for confidential information over the phone call, such as a social security number, a bank account number, or a credit card number.

Does the IRS call You?

Sometimes the IRS will contact you using a collection agency, but usually communicates by sending bills and notices in the mail. The IRS is well-aware that IRS impersonators and scammers exist and are doing their best to notify the public, but thousands of people still fall for IRS scams each year. Don’t be one of them.

Never Give Private Information to IRS Scam Calls

Never give out personal or private information over the phone to an individual demanding payment. Never give them your credit, debit, or bank account numbers. Do not give any confidential information about your identity, such as your social security number, birth date, driver’s license number, passport information, or immigration status. It’s possible that the scammer is phishing for any information they can find, so even be careful to not reveal your email address or additional phone numbers. Any information you reveal to a scammer can lead to future identity theft.

How Do I Know If It’s a Scam?

As stated above, the IRS will never call you demanding payment. There are some other red flags that can indicate your caller is a scammer:

  • Demands a specific type of payment

  • If the scammer demands that you pay using a pre-paid debit card or through another oddly specific payment option, this can be an early indication that it’s a fake IRS call.

  • Threatens to call the police or other law enforcement offices

  • The IRS will not threaten individuals with law enforcement. This is just a scare tactic.

  • Threatens to revoke driver’s license, business licenses, or immigration status

  • The IRS has no power to revoke any licenses or statuses, so of course, neither would the scammer.

  • Asks for other specific personal information

  • Remember, the IRS will never ask you for credit/debit card or social security numbers over the phone, so don’t give it to the scammer either.

Understand that the scammer will try their best to scare you into paying them ridiculous amounts of money immediately, but don’t fall for it. Just hang up the phone. The scammers only call to rip you off and hurt you. They don’t deserve your time and they definitely do not deserve your identity, so just hang up. If you would like to inform someone about the scam call, you can report the scam call to the proper authorities.

Report the IRS Phone Scam

Find the IRS phone scam’s phone number and then call the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 1-800-366-4484 to report the IRS impersonation. If you are having a difficult time trying to discern if the call is fraudulent, we recommend calling the IRS at 1-800-829-1040 or hiring a knowledgeable professional who is authorized to represent individuals before the IRS to verify the nature of the telephone call.

If You Have Additional Concerns

Receiving a call, fraudulent or real, saying that you owe money causes one to feel guilt and extreme worry. After hanging up the phone with a fraudulent caller, you may wonder if you really do owe the IRS any money. If you haven’t received an IRS statement in the mail, you can check your IRS balance by either calling the IRS or using their online tool. If you have any additional concerns contact us today at 844-774-8829.