Avoid Scams and Protect Yourself…

  • Call to demand immediate payment using a specific payment method such as a prepaid debit card, gift card or wire transfer. Generally, the IRS will first mail you a bill if you owe any taxes.
  • Threaten to immediately bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.
  • Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
  • Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.

For more information on tax scams, please see Tax Scams/Consumer Alerts. For more information on phishing scams, please see Suspicious emails and Identity Theft.

Observation: The IRS provides substantial guidance relating to Tax Scams and Identity Theft issues. Don’t be scammed by criminals looking to capture your personal information. Keep your Personal Identifiable Information (PII) private and do not provide this information to anyone not known to you. For more information on ways to deter theft of your PPI, go to irs.gov and look for the “Scams and Fraud” heading.

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