The Internal Revenue Service Will NOT Call You Unexpectedly

August 2, 2017

 

Of the many scams going around these days, the scariest one may be the phone call you receive from someone claiming they are from the IRS and that you owe them money or are being sued.

 

If you get a call from someone claiming to be from the IRS (unless you are expecting the call), it is a scam. Hang up.

 

Here is what the IRS says about the scams:

 

"Taxpayers across the nation face a deluge of these aggressive phone scams. Don't be fooled by callers pretending to be from the IRS in an attempt to steal your money," said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. “We continue to say if you are surprised to be hearing from us, then you're not hearing from us.”

 

The IRS will never:

  • Call to demand immediate payment, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill.

  • 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.

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

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

Also, the IRS will not email you either. Put those emails in the spam folder.

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