IRS warns of scam
Tax season may be over, but the IRS is warning the scammers are still trying to trick you out of your money. The latest twist in the IRS scam is that scammers will call you up and tell you about two certified letters sent to you, but which returned as undeliverable. The scammer then threatens arrest if a payment is not made through a prepaid debit card, which they will claim is linked to the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System.
The victim is also warned not to contact their tax preparer, an attorney or their local IRS office until after the payment is made.
“This is a new twist to an old scam,” said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, in a release.
“Just because tax season is over, scams and schemes do not take the summer off. People should stay vigilant against IRS impersonation scams. People should remember that the first contact they receive from IRS will not be through a random, threatening phone call.”
According to officials, the real IRS will never call to demand immediate payment using a specific payment, such as a prepaid debit card or wire transfer. The IRS does not use these methods for tax payment. The IRS will also never threaten to bring in local police to arrest the taxpayer for not paying.
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