IRS Scams: What You Need to Know
The IRS scams continue – don’t be bamboozled, here’s what you need to know.
Earlier this week I was meeting with a co-worker whose phone kept ringing and ringing and my poor co-worker kept saying "Man, they just don’t quit!" He was referring to the constant calls he kept receiving saying that he owed money to the IRS and that he was going to get arrested if he didn’t pay up. You can listen to the call above.
My co-worker actually called the number back and the person on the other end of the line said “IRS” and my co-worker then asked, “Which IRS is this?” and then he got hung up on. The truth is that the IRS will not call on anyone in a hostile manner and demand payment all while making threats.
According to the IRS website they DO NOT:
- Call to demand immediate payment using a specific payment method such as a prepaid debit card, gift card or wire transfer. Generally, the IRS will first mail a bill to any taxpayer who owes taxes.
- Demand that you pay taxes without the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe. You should also be advised of your rights as a taxpayer.
- Threaten to bring in local police, immigration officers or other law-enforcement to have you arrested for not paying. The IRS also cannot revoke your driver’s license, business licenses, or immigration status. Threats like these are common tactics scam artists use to trick victims into buying into their schemes.