STAY PROTECTED FROM PHONE TAX SCAMS: 5 RED FLAGS TO AVOID
Tax season is fast-approaching, which means big opportunity for scammers. Are you doing everything you can to educate your employees about these risks?
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published five common tactics used by scam artists over the phone. Keep an eye out for these strategies in case you’re targeted this tax season.
Phone Call Demanding Immediate Payment
The IRS will never call you demanding an immediate payment, nor will the agency call without first mailing you a paper bill.
Requiring Specific Tax Payment Method
You will never be given just one option for paying your taxes. Scammers often claim that only prepaid debit cards are accepted.
Demanding Payment Without Chance to Appeal
You always have the opportunity to appeal or question the amount you’re billed by the IRS.
Asking for Account Numbers
The IRS will not ask for any credit, debit or Social Security numbers over the phone.
Threatening to Involve Local Police
Scammers might threaten to have local police arrest you for unpaid taxes, but this is just a bluff.
If you encounter any of these scenarios, you are likely being scammed. If you ever feel uncomfortable or uncertain about a phone call from the IRS, it is better to just hang up than risk being conned. You can always call the IRS to verify a legitimate payment issue.
Utilize these key resources to ensure you are not being taken advantage of:
If you owe or think you might owe taxes, or if you want to verify a phone solicitation, call 1-800-829-1040.
If you know or suspect a scam attempt, report it at 1-800-366-4484 or www.tigta.gov