Beware of Phone and Email Scams

In IR-2013-84, the IRS warns consumers about a sophisticated phone scam targeting taxpayers, including recent immigrants, throughout the country. 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.

 If you ever receive a phone call from someone claiming to be the IRS, never give out any information. The IRS will never call you or email you, unless you already have been in direct contact with one of their agents. They usually only correspond by US mail. If you ever receive a notice from either the IRS or a state agency, please call Taxlink right away and send a copy over so that we may assess what they are requesting.