"The scammers demand payment through pre-paid debit cards or wire transfers. In some cases the scammers have tampered with caller ID making it appear that the calls are coming from the IRS. The scammers pose as police officers, U.S. Citizenship and immigration services representatives. Some are posing as IRS officials demanding payment."
"The truth is the IRS usually contacts people by mail - not by phone - about unpaid taxes." According to an IRS statement. "And the IRS won't ask for payment using a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer."
The IRS issued the following advice to avoid becoming of victim of fraud:
- If you receive a call from someone stating they are from the IRS, ask for their phone number and hang up.
- Do not open email attachments from an unknown address claiming to be IRS.
- NEVER give a caller ANY PERSONAL OR FINANCIAL information.
- Contact the IRS directly with questions or information (1-800-829-1040 or www.irs.gov)
- The IRS, police and immigration officials will never contact someone through email, text messages or social media.
- The IRS will NEVER ask for a bank pin number, password, or information to access accounts.
PLEASE BE VERY CAREFUL IF YOU SHOULD RECEIVE A CALL FROM A SCAMMER WHO PREYS ON SENIORS.
*This information was published in the Press Enterprise on January 9, 2014.