With the tax season upon us, many will be receiving calls from scammers claiming to be a representative of the Internal Revenue Service. They will explain that the reason for the call is to advise you of a past due IRS debt. They will then provide you with instructions on how to make the payment such as purchasing gift cards or any other type of card such as itunes. They will also explain that if payment is not received a warrant will be issued for their arrest. The victim, now in fear will provide the caller with all the information needed for the payment.
According to the IRS, “The IRS doesn’t initiate contact with taxpayers by email to request personal or financial information. This includes any type of electronic communication, such as text messages and social media channels. The IRS does not call taxpayers with threats of lawsuits or arrests”.
Any one receiving a call from someone claiming to be a representative of the IRS should not provide any personal information such as Date of Birth and or Social Security number nor follow any directions regarding direct payment of fines or back taxes. It is best to terminate the call and do not engage in conversation. If anyone has questions they may contact the Internal Revenue Service at 800-829-1040.