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4 ways scammers will try to steal your identity

Tax Day has come and gone, but the IRS is asking us to stay alert as refunds are processed, extensions are given, and amended returns are filed. Tax scams can happen at any time of the year.

Scammers pose as the IRS to trick victims out of their money or personal information. These tricksters have scammed taxpayers out of $29 million since late 2013. The IRS shares these four ways that scammers will try and steal your money or identity:

IRS scam alert callout box: the IRS will never initiate contact or call and demand immediate payment1. They will call you unsolicited. Scammers may call you claiming to be an IRS official. Then they demand you pay a bogus tax bill. They’ll try to con you into sending cash, usually through a prepaid debt card or wire transfer. They may also leave urgent callback requests through robo-calls or phishing emails.

The IRS will never call you if you owe taxes without first sending a bill in the mail. The IRS will never demand that you pay your taxes a certain way.

2. They will try to scare you. Scammers often use threats to intimidate and bully you into paying. They may even threaten to arrest, deport, or revoke your license if they don’t get money.

The IRS will never call to demand immediate payment. They will never demand that you pay taxes and not allow you to question or appeal the amount you owe. And they will never threaten to bring in police or other agencies to arrest you for not paying.

3. They will use caller ID spoofing. Scammers often alter caller ID to make it look like the IRS or another agency is calling. They use IRS titles and fake badge numbers to appear legitimate. They may use your name, address, and other personal information to make the call sound official.

If you don’t owe taxes, or have no reason to think that you do, do not give out any information and hang up immediately.

4. They will try new tricks. Scammers are always innovating. So if something feels off, tread carefully. 

If you receive a suspicious call, contact the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at (800) 366-4484, or use their IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting webpage.

Learn more about tax scams here, and make sure you understand your taxpayer rights.


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