FORT SMITH – Now that April 15th has come and gone, folks have good reason to know how to safeguard against IRS Phone Scams.
IRS Phone Scams involved criminals who make phone calls posing as IRS Agents who demand that callers pay for a bogus tax bill in order to get them to send cash, often via a prepaid gift or debit card. Many times the scammers will alter the caller ID information for the phone call to make it appear they are calling from the IS or another agency.
There are things you can look out for to safeguard yourself against these types of scam calls. The IRS.gov states that the IRS will never:
· Threaten to immediately bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have the taxpayer arrested for not paying.
· Demand that taxes be paid without giving taxpayers the opportunity to question or appeal the amount owed.
· Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
· Call you about an unexpected refund.
“Taxpayers should remember that any one of these is a tell-tale sign of a scam,” states IRS.gov.
The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) reports they have become aware of over 12,716 victims who have collectively paid over $63 million as a result of phone scams since October 2013, according to the IRS.
If you think you owe taxes, the best way to find out if you owe for taxes is to contact the IRS directly at 800-829-1040 .
The recommends if you don’t think you owe taxes, hang up the phone and do not give out any information.