The reason for this call is to inform you that the IRS is filing a lawsuit against you. To get more information about this case file please call immediately our department number.
That is the voice message that people all across Northeastern and Central Pennsylvania have been receiving in recent months.
They want you to call a phone number where you can settle your supposed tax debt.. Usually by using a prepaid debit card. They say if you don’t pay up you will be arrested.
IRS spokesperson- Jennifer Jenkins told the I-Team..
“The IRS will not, I repeat will not, call someone to demand immediate payment.”
The scammers use what’s called I.D. Spoofing..
“It may look like it’s a legitimate phone number they may be sending emails that look like they’re coming from a government email account.” said Jenkins
The IRS will always notify a taxpayer by letter sent in the mail if there is a problem.
“The scammer are doing things that a legitimate IRS collections employee will not do.” said Jenkins
The IRS advises if you receive a phone call like this simply hang up.
More information contact IRS.gov
FROM THE IRS WEBSITE
Tax Preparer Phishing Scam
A bogus email asks tax professionals to update their IRS e-services portal information and Electronic Filing Identification Numbers (EFINs). The links that are provided in the bogus email to access IRS e-services appear to be a phishing scheme designed to capture your username and password. This email was not generated by the IRS e-services program. Disregard this email and do not click on the links provided.
For more information on this scam, see IR-2015-31, IRS Warns Tax Preparers to Watch out for New Phishing Scam; Don’t Click on Strange Emails or Links Seeking Updated Information.
IRS-Impersonation Telephone Scam
An aggressive and sophisticated phone scam targeting taxpayers, including recent immigrants, has been making the rounds throughout the country. Callers claim to be employees of the IRS, but are not. These con artists can sound convincing when they call. They use fake names and bogus IRS identification badge numbers. They may know a lot about their targets, and they usually alter the caller ID to make it look like the IRS is calling.
Victims are told they owe money to the IRS and it must be paid promptly through a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer. If the victim refuses to cooperate, they are then threatened with arrest, deportation or suspension of a business or driver’s license. In many cases, the caller becomes hostile and insulting.
Or, victims may be told they have a refund due to try to trick them into sharing private information.
If the phone isn’t answered, the scammers often leave an “urgent” callback request.
Note that the IRS will never: 1) call to demand immediate payment, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill; 2) demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe; 3) require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card; 4) ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone; or 5) threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.