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Ways to Spot an IRS Scam Phone Call

Have you ever had a phone call and you wondered if it was for real?  Here are some ways to tell if you just had a scam phone call:

     1.  A call demanding immediate payment.  THE IRS WILL NOT CALL ABOUT TAXES YOU OWE WITHOUT FIRST MAILING YOU A BILL.

     2.  The caller demanding that you pay taxes without giving you a chance to question or appeal the amount.

     3.  The caller requiring you to use a certain payment for your taxes, like a prepaid debit card.

     4.  The caller will ask for debit or credit card numbers over the phone.

     5.  You may be threatened by the caller saying that he will have you arrested by the local police or local law enforcement for not paying.

 If you get a call like one described above:

 If you know you owe taxes or think you might owe, call the IRS at 800-829-1040 to talk about payment options.  You may also be able to set up a payment plan online at www.IRS.gov.

If you know you don’t owe taxes, report the incident to TIGTA at 1-800-366-4484 or on line at www.tigta.gov.

You may also contact the Federal Trade Commission at FTC.gov.

You may use the FTC Complaint Assistant to report the scam.  Be sure to add “IRS Telephone Scam” to the comments of your complaint.