Phone Scams Continue to be a Serious Threat
Aggressive and threatening phone calls by individuals impersonating IRS agents continue to be a serious threat. We have received calls from several clients over the past few months indicating receipt of these types of calls locally.
The IRS has seen a surge of these phone scams in recent months as scam artists threaten police arrest, deportation, license revocation and other things. The IRS reminds taxpayers to guard against all sorts of con games.
If someone calls unexpectedly claiming to be from the IRS with aggressive threats “if you don’t pay immediately,” it’s a scam artist calling. The first IRS contact with taxpayers is usually through the mail and a collection action first notification is never through a phone call.
Scammers are able to alter caller ID numbers to make it look like the IRS is calling. They use fake names and bogus IRS badge numbers. They often leave “urgent” callback requests. They prey on the most vulnerable people, such as the elderly.
These individuals try to scare and shock you into providing personal financial information on the spot while you are off guard. Don’t be taken in and don’t engage these people over the phone. Never give out personal information over the phone.
If you have any concerns please don’t hesitate to contact us.