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Tax Scam Tricks By IRS Posers

Scam artists are trying yet another way to steal your money or your personal information: They are posing as the tax man, making threatening phone calls or sending phishing emails. The IRS reports that scammers have cost victims more than $23 million. Don't be one of them.

According to the IRS, no legitimate IRS employee would ever:

  • 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 chance to ask about or appeal the amount in question
  • 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 law-enforcement to have you arrested for not paying

If a scammer calls you, hang up immediately, and report the call to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration website or you can call 800-366-4484. You also can report it to the Federal Trade Commission, using the complaint assistant at FTC.gov. Please add "IRS Telephone Scam" in the notes.