May 13, 2016
We have been receiving a lot of phone calls from our clients stating that they have been getting phone calls from the IRS stating that they owe money. We are here to inform you that these phone calls are 100% fake. There is no truth to these phone calls at all.
The caller will call your phone and claim to be an employee of the IRS. They are very convincing when they call. They use fake names and fake IRS identification badge numbers. They also may know a lot about you. Then to make matters worse they alter the caller ID to make it look like the IRS is calling.
Victims are told they owe money to the IRS and it must be paid promptly through a pre-loaded debit or wire transfer. If the victim refuses to cooperate, they then threaten with arrest, deportation or suspension of a business or driver’s license. In many cases the caller becomes hostile or insulting. Or victims may be told they have a refund due to try to trick them into sharing private information. If the phone isn’t answered, the scammers often leave an “urgent” callback request. As real as it all may seem these calls are completely FAKE.
There are also other scams that are out there that are tricking our clients into giving out their personal information. These scammers are sending out emails that are designed to trick taxpayers into thinking these are official communications from the IRS or others in the tax industry, including tax software companies. These phishing schemes can ask taxpayers about wide range of topics. Emails can seek information related to refunds, filing status, confirming personal information, ordering transcripts and verifying PIN information.
When people click on these email links, they are taken to sites designed to imitate an official-looking website, such as IRS.gov. These sites ask for Social Security numbers and other personal information, which can be used to file false returns. These sites may also carry malware, which can infect people’s computers and allow criminals to access your files or track your keystrokes.
So please note that the IRS will NEVER: 1. call to demand immediate payment, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without having mailed you a bill; 2. Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe; 3. Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes such as a prepaid debit card; 4. Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone; 5. Threaten to bring in local or other law- enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.
**YOU MAY REPORT INSTANCES OF IRS-RELATED PHISHING ATTEMPTS AND FRAUD TO THE TREASURY INSPECTOR GENERAL FOR TAXADMINISTRATION AT 1-800-366-4484. **
If you would like more information please visit www.irs.gov or call Compton Accounting at 309-484-8888.