If someone claiming to represent the IRS calls and threatens you with imprisonment unless you pay back taxes immediately,
call the agency’s main offices in Washington. They use the Internet to find names, addresses and phone numbers of would-be victims. Then they call them and tell them they are going to jail unless they pay the back-taxes. They’ll even send emails to make the job look even more valid.
This hasn’t happened once or twice. As of mid-August, some 90,000 people had called a government hotline to notify authorities of the bogus calls. It makes you wonder how many people have already been scammed. Oh, that’s right… I have the figures… it’s taken in about 1,100 victims who have lost an estimated $5 million.
So, just to be safe… if someone claiming to from the IRS calls and claims you owe back taxes, call the agency’s main offices in Washington. The IRS is not going to call and demand credit or debit card payment over the telephone. The number to call is 1-800-829-1040. Then report the incident to the Treasury Department at 1-800-366-4484.
The more you know…
Rock forth, Mitch
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