IRS Call Scam

Just when we thought we could leave scams like the 'One Ring Scam' on the back burner, a new scam seems to be attacking U.S. taxpayers; this time, they are pretending to be the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

Just when we thought we could leave scams like the 'One Ring Scam' on the back burner, a new scam seems to be attacking U.S. taxpayers; this time, they are pretending to be the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

The USA Today posted a recent article, quoting the IRS's watchdog saying,

Criminals masquerading as Internal Revenue Service agents have bilked more than $1 million from thousands of taxpayers in the largest such phone scam the IRS has seen.

How It Happens:
The scammers call taxpayers, and tell the victims they could be arrested, deported or lose their business or driver's license if they refuse to give money.

Who is Affected?
According the USA Today's interview with J. Russell George, Treasury inspector general for tax administration, more than 20,000 taxpayers have been targeted by this IRS scam.

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How to Identify this scam:
The IRS does not ask for credit card numbers over the phone, and never insists on payments by wire transfer or debit card. Taxpayers who owe are generally contacted first by mail. More information on tax scams from the IRS can be found here.