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Scam Alert: IRS and Tax Scams

Posted by Ellen Brown | Dec 11, 2023

IRS tax scams are when someone tries to trick you into giving them money or personal information by posing as an IRS agent. This is a common scam that can happen through phone calls, emails, or even text messages. Here are some tips to help you avoid IRS tax scams:

  1. Know the signs of a scam: The IRS will never call or email you out of the blue, threaten you with arrest or deportation, or demand payment without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.

  2. Verify the caller's identity: If you receive a call from someone claiming to be an IRS agent, ask for their name, badge number, and call back number. Then, hang up and call the IRS directly at 1-800-829-1040 to verify their identity.

  3. Don't give out personal information: Scammers may ask for personal information, like your social security number or bank account details. Never give out this information unless you're sure it's safe and necessary.

  4. Beware of threats: Scammers may threaten you with arrest, deportation, or the loss of your driver's license or business license. Don't be intimidated by these threats, as they are often false.

  5. Report suspicious activity: If you think you've been targeted by an IRS tax scam, report it to the IRS by filling out Form 14039, Identity Theft Affidavit, or to the Federal Trade Commission.

Remember, it's important to be careful when receiving calls or emails from someone claiming to be an IRS agent. If you're not sure whether the person is legitimate, ask for their identity and call the IRS directly to verify it. And never give out personal information or money unless you're sure it's safe and necessary. Instead, report any suspicious activity to the appropriate authorities.

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