BEWARE of calls from scammers claiming to be from the IRS

The IRS is warning consumers of phone scams involving aggressive callers who claim to be with the IRS.  The callers tell the victims that they own money to the IRS and must pay immediately or face dire consequences, including jail or deportation or loss of a driver’s license.  Unfortunately, the scammers are very convincing and will often provide a fake IRS badge number and the last four digits of the victim’s social security number.  They may even have rigged the phone system so that IRS comes up on Caller ID.

The IRS does not make random calls to taxpayers.  The first communication from the IRS regarding tax issues is generally a notice in the U.S. mail.  The IRS also does not request personal or financial information via email. 

If you receive such calls, do not disclose any personal information.  Hang up and call the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 800-366-4484 to file a complaint.

For more information, see the warning posted on the IRS website.

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