Phone Scammers Posing as IRS Agents Continue to Claim Victims
August 15, 2014
Phone scams, in which criminals pose as IRS agents to attempt to get unsuspecting taxpayers to reveal personal financial information and open their financial records (and checkbooks) to them are nothing new. But such scammers are becoming more sophisticated and Smith & Howard wants you to be aware of the latest alert from the IRS, dated August 14, 2014. Below is the full text of the IRS email. If you have any questions or concerns about calls you may have received, please do not provide information to callers. Instead, call the IRS number(s) listed below as well as your Smith & Howard tax professional.
From the IRS August 14, 2014:
The IRS is again warning the public about phone scams that continue to claim victims all across the country. In these scams, thieves make unsolicited phone calls to their intended victims. Callers fraudulently claim to be from the IRS and demand immediate payment of taxes by a prepaid debit card or wire transfer. The callers are often hostile and abusive.
The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration has received 90,000 complaints about these scams. TIGTA estimates that thieves have stolen an estimated $5 million from about 1,100 victims. To avoid becoming a victim of these scams, you should know:
Scammers may tell would-be victims that they owe money and that they must pay what they owe immediately. They may also tell them that they are entitled to a large refund. Other characteristics of these scams include:
If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, here’s what you should do:
The IRS encourages you to be vigilant against phone and email scams that use the IRS as a lure. Visit the genuine IRS website, IRS.gov, to learn how to report tax fraud and for more information on what you can do to avoid becoming a victim.
If you have any questions and would like to connect with a team member please call 404-874-6244 or contact an advisor below.CONTACT AN ADVISOR
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