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IRS Consumer Alert: Scammers Change Tactics

Posted By George (Clint) Frederick CPA PLLC, George Frederick CPA PLLC, Monday, March 14, 2016

IRS CONSUMER ALERT: SCAMMERS CHANGE TACTICS

March 14, 2014, Internal Revenue Service Alert, Newsletter IR-2016-40

This alert came across my desk this morning.  I think it is too important not to pass on.  The gist of the article is that identity thieves have new tactics to obtain your personal financial information. 

The swindle is an aggressive and threatening telephone call from criminals posing as IRS agents to verify your tax information.  The fraudster states they have your tax return and want to verify your social security number, bank numbers, or credit card information.  Of interest:  IRS Commissioner John Koskinen personally received one of these calls. 

The swindlers will provide fake titles, fake badge numbers, and provide some personal information to make it look like the call is a legitimate telephone call.  They will be persistent, demanding, and attempt to bully you into paying a bogus tax bill.  They will insist on your sending cash, through a prepaid debit card or wire transfer.  There has been a 400% increase in phishing and in bogus calls. 

Don’t be fooled.  The IRS will not call or email you to verify information!  Hang-up immediately.  Do not respond to the email.  If in doubt call the IRS at 800-829-1040.  You can also post details of the call to  this IRS site: https://www.treasury.gov/tigta/contact_report_scam.shtml.  Alternatively, call 800-36-4484.  

Tags:  fraud  swindle  taxes 

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