The Treasury Department is well aware of all the tax scams that are going around, however, many residents aren’t aware of this problem and may give away their information as well as a large sum of their money to people who are pretending to be the IRS. The Treasury has found that the incidences of these scams
What Are Tax ScamS?
These scammers will often call your house line or your cellphone and tell you that you owe a large sum of money to the IRS in the form of back taxes. They claim that you have not paid the tax and that if you fail to pay, you will be arrested. Many of these scammers even scare residents saying that if they do not pay immediately, that police are on their way to arrest them. If you aren’t aware that this is a scam, this can be an incredibly frightening phone call to receive. No one likes to be told that they are going to be arrested for something they’re not even aware of. Because so many people don’t understand how the IRS actually works, they may fall for this scam and send the scammer money.
What to Look For
One thing to look for when it comes to a scam is that it’s done over the phone. The IRS will never contact you by phone,
Alert the IRS
If you suspect that you’ve been scammed or that you have been contacted by one of these scammers, it is important that you alert the IRS through their proper telephone number. You can give them information pertaining to the number that called you as well as any names that the scammer used, and they will be able to help catch these criminals so that they do not scam anyone else of their hard-earned money.