Multistate – IRS Warns of Pervasive Telephone Scam

SALT Report 3139  – The IRS issued a warning to consumers about a telephone scam (also referred to as “phishing”) which appears to be targeting taxpayers, including recent immigrants, in almost every state.  The victims are being told that they owe money to the IRS and are requesting their victims make prompt payment.

The IRS is advising consumers to be aware and take precautions.  “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.
  • If you’ve been targeted by this scam, you should also contact the Federal Trade Commission and use their “FTC Complaint Assistant” at FTC.gov.  Please add “IRS Telephone Scam” to the comments of your complaint.”

The IRS also warns consumers to be aware of other unrelated scams and solicitations which also claim to be from the agency.

For Further Information:

IRS.gov – IRS Warns of Pervasive Telephone Scam

IRS.gov – Report Phishing

CNN Money – IRS Warns of New Phone Scam