IDENTITY THEFT

Phone Scams –

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued a consumer alert providing taxpayers with additional tips to protect themselves from telephone scam artists calling and pretending to be with the IRS.

These callers may demand money or may say you have a refund due and try to trick you into sharing private information. These con artists can sound conflicting when they call. They may know a lot about you, and they usually alter the caller ID to make it look like the IRS is calling. They use fake names and bogus IRS identification badge numbers. If you don’t answer, they often leave an “urgent” callback request.

The IRS reminds people that they can know pretty easily when a supposed IRS caller is a fake.

The IRS will never:

1. Gall you about taxes you owe without first mailing you an official notice.

2. Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.

3. Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card.

4. Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.

5. Threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to haw you arrested for not paying.

Other Types of Tax Return Identity Theft

• Spoof calls
• Imitation IRS toll-free number on Caller ID
• Phishing Emails
• Requesting money or additional information

Contact IRS Identity Theft Protection Unit

• 1-800-908-4490