IRS Phone Call Scams – What to Watch Out For!
The main thing to look out for in a tax scam is the phone call itself. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) doesn’t make it their business to call taxpayers and demand money with threats. If this is what you’re getting, you are NOT talking to an authentic IRS representative.
If you owe money to the IRS, they will first inform you by letter. Even then, you must be extremely careful to make sure that the letter itself is authentic. One thing to keep in mind is that criminals turn scamming into an art. This means that they practice making themselves look and sound as authentic as possible. It’s your job to distinguish the real representative from the impersonator and the team at Success Tax Relief can help you do that.
The first thing to know is how the IRS actually operates.
Here is a brief list of the things that the IRS will NOT do:
- The IRS does not contact taxpayers by email.
- The IRS does not contact taxpayers by text messages.
- The IRS does not contact taxpayers by social media.
- The IRS will not use any of the aforementioned ways to request personal or financial information.
- The IRS will not threaten taxpayers with lawsuits or prison.
- The IRS will not ask for credit or debit card numbers by phone.
- The IRS will not demand money without giving you the opportunity to question the amount owed and/or work out a payment plan.
- The IRS will not threaten to call the police if you don’t pay.
Knowing these facts alone will help you avoid those IRS phone call scams.
Other Ways Scammers Operate
The IRS phone scams are not always about them getting you to send them money. If these criminals can extract any personal information from you, they can open up a line of credit in your name that you have no idea exists—until you check your credit score and by then it’s too late. So usually, how this particular scam would go is that they’ll inform you that there’s a large sum of money coming to you…all you have to do is supply them with your social security number. Don’t do it!
One thing to keep in mind is that the IRS already has your social security number on file. So anytime someone is asking you for that information, ask that representative to read the number that the IRS has on file. If they cannot convey this information to you, then you know that you’re being addressed by a scammer. If you can, get their name and identification number (yes, a good scammer will be fully equipped to portray a legitimate IRS representative), hang up and report that information to the IRS immediately.
Who are the Targets?
Some of the main targets for these types of scams are immigrants. The scammers count on immigrants not being too familiar with how the IRS operates. That is why Success Tax Relief goes the extra mile and educates everyone about how to protect themselves against such criminals.