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Identifying IRS Phone Scams

Sep 07, 2018 Safety & Security

Watch out for IRS scams to avoid handing out money to fraudsters.

A woman is talking on the phone, she has her head down and her hand on her forehead, she appears stressed.

IRS Phone Scams are nothing new, but still a serious threat according to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Criminals will target individuals to get them to give out personal information that they can then use fraudulently and also give them money.

Read further to stay informed and learn how you can protect yourself.

What are IRS Phone Scams?

Scammers will call you impersonating someone/pretending to work for the IRS. This imposter may call you through phone but sometimes may contact you via email or even through a text message. The common type of IRS scams are those that require you to authenticate or verify your personal information or ones that claim you owe money to the IRS and that you need to pay the amount immediately.

The calls may be aggressive in nature and they may use personal information to make it seem like a real threat. Some will ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone and tell you local law enforcement is on their way to arrest you.

If you don’t think you owe any taxes or know for a fact you don’t, hang up the phone immediately. If you think you do, hang up the phone and call the IRS at 800.829.1040.

How do I know the call isn’t legitimate?

How to report IRS Phone Scams

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