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Tax scammers claim to be with the IRS

 Tax scammers claim to be with the IRS

 

Though tax season is over, tax scammers work year-round. The IRS advises you to stay alert to protect yourself against new ways criminals pose as the IRS to trick you out of your money or personal information. These scams first tried to sting older Americans, newly arrived immigrants and those who speak English as a second language. The crooks have expanded their net, and now try to swindle virtually anyone. Here are several tips from the IRS to help you avoid being a victim of these scams:

  • Scams use scare tactics. These aggressive and sophisticated scams try to scare people into making a false tax payment that ends up with the criminal. Many phone scams use threats to try to intimidate you so you will pay them your money. They often threaten arrest or deportation, or that they will revoke your license if you don’t pay. They may also leave urgent callback requests, sometimes through robo-calls, via phone or email. The emails will often contain a fake IRS document with a phone number or an email address for you to reply.
  • Scams use caller ID spoofing. Scammers often alter caller IDs to make it look like the IRS or another agency is calling. The callers use IRS titles and fake badge numbers to appear legit. They may use online resources to get your name, address and other details about your life to make the call sound official.
  • Scams use phishing email and regular mail. Scammers copy official IRS letterhead to use in email or regular mail they send to victims. In another new variation, schemers provide an actual IRS address where they tell the victim to mail a receipt for the payment they make. All in an attempt to make the scheme look official.
  • Scams cost victims over $20 million. The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, or TIGTA, has received reports of about 600,000 contacts since October 2013. TIGTA is also aware of nearly 4,000 victims who have collectively reported over $20 million in financial losses because of tax scams.

The real IRS will not:

  • Call you to demand immediate payment. The IRS will not call you if you owe taxes without first sending you a bill in the mail.
  • Demand that you pay taxes and not allow you to question or appeal the amount that you owe.
  • Require that you pay your taxes a certain way. For instance, require that you pay with a prepaid debit card.
  • Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
  • Threaten to bring in police or other agencies to arrest you for not paying.

If you don’t owe taxes or have no reason to think that you do:

  • Do not provide any information to the caller. Hang up immediately.
  • Contact the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. Use TIGTA’s “IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting web page" to report the incident.
  • You should also report it to the Federal Trade Commission. Use the FTC Complaint Assistant on FTC.gov. Please add IRS Telephone Scam in the notes.

If you know you owe, or think you may owe taxes:

  • Call the IRS at 800-829-1040. IRS workers can help you if you do owe taxes.

Stay alert to scams that use the IRS as a lure. For more, visit Tax Scams and Consumer Alerts on IRS.gov.

Protect yourself.

This message was provided by Kumar P. Barve.

  

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Comment balloon 25 commentsRoy Kelley • July 05 2015 06:22PM

Comments

It's so sad that some only have the time to try and take advantage of others ...Thanks for this reminder Roy Kelley 

Have a great week!

Posted by Rob Thomas, Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro (Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954) almost 2 years ago

Just today I was visiting with someone and the call came in. They claim to be with the IRS. This scam is very active. 

Posted by Frank Rubi, FrankRubiRealEstate.com (Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC) almost 2 years ago

Thank you very much for your comments. Have a great evening.

 

Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) almost 2 years ago

Good evening, Roy Kelley Timely post for all.  Thanks.

Posted by Mary Yonkers, Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor (Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate) almost 2 years ago

Hi, Roy. This is an excellent post and a great way to spread the word about these scammers. 

Posted by Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO (Cedaredge Land Company) almost 2 years ago

Great information to pass on from the IRS website.  

Posted by Judi K Barrett, BA, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK (Judi Barrett~Integrity Real Estate Services~Idabel, Oklahoma) almost 2 years ago

Thank you very much for stopping by. Have a great evening.

 

Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) almost 2 years ago

Hi Roy Kelley ,  Great blog.  It's important that we all know how to recognize an IRS scam.

Posted by Larry Johnston, Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN (Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC) almost 2 years ago

This is important information to post!  I have a close friend, who has been contacted by these scammers.  The callers can be frightening if you aren't aware.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) almost 2 years ago

Roy - I and several other neighbors received many of these calls.

Posted by John Pusa, Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest) almost 2 years ago

Good morning Roy. This post should be featured, it is such an important topic. Unfortunately we hear the stories all the time.

Posted by Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life (Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709) almost 2 years ago

I have received several calls from these people. I tell them they have the wrong number and hang up.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) almost 2 years ago

Hello Roy -- I imagine the panic that must occur to the uninitiated when a call like this comes through -- knowledge is power.  A good post to spread the news.  

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena Area Real Estate 818.516.4393 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) almost 2 years ago

Roy - I have had a couple calls from these scammers, and when I start asking them questions, they blurt out a profanity at me and hang up.

Posted by Troy Erickson, Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor (Diverse Solutions Realty www.ChandlerRealEstate.weebly.com) almost 2 years ago

We received several messages from people claiming to be from the IRS and wanting money or the police were coming.  Shame on them.

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (Grand Lux Realty, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com) almost 2 years ago

Roy Kelley ~ great reminder, Roy, about these scammers. We keep hearing these warnings alot in media, and yet people fall for the scams.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Area Realtor (RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC) almost 2 years ago

Roy... by the way, the picture of the Dahlia that you posted is simply out of this world!

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Area Realtor (RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC) almost 2 years ago

Great warning, Roy.  They are all over here in FL and keep preying on the elderly.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) almost 2 years ago

It is amazing how people keep falling for this scam !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Michael J. Perry, Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist (KW Elite ) almost 2 years ago

Roy, This is one of the lowest forms of scum scammers. Knowing the way we all feel about the IRS they are taking advantage of that.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional) almost 2 years ago

Your comments are very much appreciated. Have a great day and an outstanding weekend.

Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) almost 2 years ago

Hello Roy,

Good info - Those three letters on a phone call get people's attention; to the point no one questions the caller's authenticity. Beware.

Mel

Posted by Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate, Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs (Kelly Right Real Estate) almost 2 years ago

Try to warn those in your database. 

Have a great weekend.

Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) almost 2 years ago

Good Monday morning to all. We had a beautiful weekend and the nice weather continues today in Maryland. Have a most productive week!

Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) almost 2 years ago

We have another warm day in Maryland. Dolores cancelled a golfing trip because of the very hot weather at Penn National.

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