Tips for avoiding IRS scams

Unfortunately con artists will sometimes use the IRS as a cover to steal money from law abiding taxpayers. If you have received a phone call from someone claiming to work at the IRS you should be suspicious. Here are some tips from the IRS on how to tell if you are being scammed:

The IRS reminds people that they can know pretty easily when a supposed IRS caller is a fake. Here are five things the scammers often do but the IRS will not do. Any one of these five things is a tell-tale sign of a scam. The IRS will never :

1. Call to demand immediate payment, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first 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 police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying

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