IRS Scams To Watch Out For
Scammers may contact you via phone, email, or even US mail delivery, pretending to be the IRS. E-mails will often ask you to click on a link, while phone calls typically claim that you owe taxes and they ask you to verify personal information. These scammers have been known to use scare tactics and create a sense of urgency to get people to comply. The IRS won't contact you by phone or email. If you are contacted please do not engage. Below are some tips for how to proceed:
What You Should Do:
- Verify the number of the letter, form, or notice by going to the IRS website.
- Know that the IRS will contact you by mail instead of calling about unpaid taxes.
- Understand that the IRS will not threaten to have the police arrest you.
What You Shouldn't Do:
- Do not trust the caller ID. Scammers often use spoofing to manipulate the caller ID you see.
- Avoid clicking on any links claiming to be from the IRS in an email or text message.
- Never pay money immediately. Do your research to make sure that it is actually the IRS contacting you.
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