While tax season ended a couple months ago, your BBB has learned that schemers are still calling consumers claiming to be the IRS. According to the FTC, the schemers are claiming that the consumer owes taxes, and threatens arrest or deportation among other things to get a consumer to pay. They are also spoofing caller id to make it appear the call is from the IRS and may even follow up with a phone call from the “police” or other government agency. Be aware that the IRS doesn’t ask people to pay with prepaid debit cards or wire transfers and doesn’t ask for credit card numbers over the phone.
If you get a call like this, hang up without pressing any buttons. If you press anything you may end up receiving more calls like this. The FTC also advises you to report it to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) online or by calling them at 1-800-366-4484. You can also file a complaint with the FTC.
If you do owe or think you might owe federal taxes, contact the IRS directly at 1-800-829-1040 or go to irs.gov.
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