Consumers Duped Out of $26.5 Million
What You Should Know
The IRS Scam starts with a phone call, often with a caller ID marked "IRS" or "unavailable." The scammers will quickly try to convince you they are IRS employees using fake names, fraudulent badge numbers and occasionally, your personal information.
Here are two typical scenarios - both with live calls and voicemails - that are NOT sanctioned or utilized by the real IRS:
- The consumer owes money to the IRS and the "debt" must be paid immediately. Consumers are threatened with arrest, confiscation of a driver's license or passport, notification of their employer or forced closure of their business. The scammers are very aggressive and demand that the "tax debt" be paid immediately by a debit card or wire transfer to avoid any negative consequences.
- The consumer is told that they are due a large tax refund, but the IRS is having difficulties delivering payment. For example, there's an issue with transferring the money to a credit card or bank account. The scammer will then ask for banking information to initiate the transfer. They then use the consumer's financial information to transfer money into their accounts.
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