2017 IRS PHONE SCAM!!
Be on Alert
It is THAT time of year again and the scammers are at it again using one of their most successful plows. YOUR FEAR OF THE IRS and JAIL!
I received a phone call from a 202 area code which is Washington DC (scary). The phone numbers were 202-684-6838 and 202-609-0356 (although I’m sure they are using several).
I get my voicemails transcribed to texts – so here’s what the voice mail said:
“…Pass the matter at hand is extremely time sensitive and urgent as after audit we found events. There was a fraud and misconduct on your tax which you are hiding from the Federal Government. This needs to be rectified immediately so do return the call as you as you receive the message. The number is 202-684-6838. I repeat again….”
then another message….”…Notice regarding for more information contact 202-684-6838 (IRS) otherwise your arrest warrant will be forwarded to your local police department and your properties, social benefits and bank accounts will be frozen by the government.”
But in READING the message, don’t you notice several items that are “odd”?
Number 1 – they did an AUDIT without YOU and without NOTIFYING YOU IN ADVANCE. This just doesn’t happen. If you are selected for an audit, YOU WILL BE NOTIFIED BY US MAIL.
Number 2 – they mention ….”which you are hiding from the Federal Government” – this is not “correct” terminology.
Number 3 – without ALOT of paperwork, notifications, meetings, court dates, etc. will you even be CONSIDERED for an arrest AND it won’t come “out of the blue”.
Number 4 – what are “social benefits”? We don’t have “social benefits” in the U.S. The terminology is incorrect.
Number 5 – they are not “frozen by the government” – the text and/or words being used are not what we use here in the U.S.
PLEASE EDUCATE YOURSELF!!!
Tax Scams / Consumer Alerts on the IRS website: https://www.irs.gov/uac/tax-scams-consumer-alerts
Click to read: IRS Warns SENIORS to Beware of Calls by Criminals Impersonating the IRS
The IRS will NEVER PHONE you or threaten you with arrest via the phone.
If you are subject to an audit, you will receive a notification via the US MAIL first, and it will include information as to what the IRS is doing, planning to do, what they found, what your appeals rights are and what your rights as a taxpayer are.
OR THREATEN JAIL VIA THE TELEPHONE!!!
If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, here’s what you should do:
–If you know you owe taxes or you think you might owe taxes, call the IRS at 1.800.829.1040. The IRS employees at that line can help you with a payment issue – if there really is such an issue.
–If you know you don’t owe taxes or have no reason to think that you owe any taxes (for example, you’ve never received a bill or the caller made some bogus threats as described above), then call and report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 1.800.366.4484.
–You can file a complaint using the FTC Complaint Assistant; choose “Other” and then “Imposter Scams.” If the complaint involves someone impersonating the IRS, include the words “IRS Telephone Scam” in the notes.
2017 IRS PHONE SCAM!!