The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently warned of a new twist on an old phone scam. Criminals will use telephone numbers that mimic IRS Taxpayer Assistance Centers (TACs) in order to trick taxpayers into paying non-existent tax bills.
In the latest variation of this scam, criminals claim to be calling from a local IRS TAC office and program their computers to display the TAC phone number, which appears on the taxpayer's Caller ID when they receive the call.
If the taxpayer questions their demands for payment, the scammer will direct them to IRS.gov and tell them to look up their local TAC's office telephone number shortly before hanging up. After a short time the crook will call back and demand payment once the taxpayer has "verified" their phone number.
Some things to note are that the IRS at TAC offices do not make calls to taxpayers demanding payment on overdue bills. The IRS also typically initiates most contact through regular mail delivered by the United States Postal Service first.
There are also limited circumstances in which the IRS will call or come to a home or business, but even in these special situations taxpayers will generally receive several notices from the IRS in the mail first.
The IRS also will not:
If you receive a call similar to what has been described above, the IRS suggests that you report it by sending an email to email@example.com with the subject line "IRS Phone Scam."
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