With tax season comes the threat of phone scams, especially the IRS scam! I’m going to tell y’all what I tell my family and friends, if you don’t recognize the phone number, don’t answer it! If it’s an important phone call, they will leave a message for you to call them back!
I have received several phone calls from the “IRS” which has made me add a $5 feature with Verizon called Family Base so I can block up to 20 phone numbers for each phone. I don’t mind paying for the feature, but I resent having to do so because of these people who can’t get off their butts and get a job! Yes I’m annoyed with these scams and I don’t quite understand why the FBI or any other authority department can’t get these people and arrest them!
Ok on with the post enough with my rant…….. Scammers somehow get your phone number, call you and claim to be from the IRS, or better yet a debt collector! They will tell you that you owe hundreds to thousands of dollars! After hearing that, most people panic and don’t think because it sounds so legit that is enough to scare you! Just remember two things, the IRS will never call you via ROBOCALL and they will send you something in the mail NOT call you!
Below are ways to Spot the IRS Scam, Debt Collector Scam, etc! Read how to handle fake debt collectors!
Now if you answer the phone for a number you don’t recognize, and it’s a recorded message saying you owe the IRS it is definitely a scam! They have a phone number for you to call back, DON’T! If the IRS has an issue with you, they will send you a letter in the mail telling you you are being audited or you owe this amount or you didn’t send in the correct forms for your taxes, etc. They don’t call you! Below are 5 Easy ways to spot these scams.
Here are some safety tips to avoid ALL phone scams:
Never send cash, money orders or give out personal information such as credit card numbers and expiration dates, bank account numbers, dates of birth, or social security numbers to unfamiliar companies or unknown persons. These scammers call you and tell you you owe $$ and they want you to verify your personal information, most of the time they want you to give them the information they do not have! Even if they have your information, most of the time it’s a number or 2 off! DO NOT VERIFY ANY INFORMATION! If this is a legit call, they will never ask you to verify any information!
If you are not sure if the call is legit, tell them you will have to call them back, ask for their phone number, call the LEGIT company and ask them if they have called you and the reason! Then make a call to the authorities and give them the number you were given to call back!
Before you send money, ask yourself this simple question. “What guarantee do I have that this solicitor will use my money in the manner we agreed upon?”
Be skeptical – Always take your time making a decision. Legitimate companies won’t pressure you to make a snap decision.
If someone comes to your home claiming to be with the IRS or debt collector, ask for identification. Do not let the person in your home. Tell them to leave their card and you will get back with them! SAFETY is the key here!
Remember, if something doesn’t seem right, it’s not right.
If you are a victim of a fraud, report it to the local law enforcement agency.
Check out this funny video – a blogging friend played with the IRS scammers! LOL Thanks Kim!
IRS Scam Phone numbers to block!
These are the known scam phone numbers! If you have a cell phone you can download any call blocker app to block the number. I use Hiya, it is a free download on google play. I can block numbers and it even works as a caller ID! If your carrier has a blocking service, use it to block them. Verizon’s free version blocks up to 3 numbers and it’s free!
Updated 3/14/18 – 800-674-3413 240-257-8749
From 2/13/2017 – 703-272-4699,213-4570-581, 213-457-0535 and 678-365-0478, 703-662-8334
Here are five things the scammers often do that the IRS will not do. Any one of these five things is a tell-tale sign of a scam.
The IRS will never:
- Call you to demand immediate payment. We will not call about taxes you owe without first mailing you a bill.
- Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the chance to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
- Require you to use a certain payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card.
- Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
- Threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement to have you arrested for not paying.
If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS and asking for money, here’s what to do:
- If you know you owe taxes or think you might owe, call the IRS at 800-829-1040 to talk about payment options. You also may be able to set up a payment plan online at IRS.gov.
- If you know you don’t owe taxes or have no reason to believe that you do, report the incident to TIGTA at 1.800.366.4484 or at www.tigta.gov.
- If phone scammers target you, also contact the Federal Trade Commission at FTC.gov. Use their “FTC Complaint Assistant” to report the scam. Please add “IRS Telephone Scam” to the comments of your complaint.
Also remember, the IRS does not use unsolicited email, text messages or any social media to discuss your personal tax issues.
I hope this helps prevent the scammers from getting money out of you!
If you have any other tips or phone numbers, please leave them in the comments and I will update the post with credit given to you. Thanks!
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