5604IRS Warns of Phone Scam
- Jun 26, 2014The IRS is warning the public about a phone scam that targets people
across the nation, including recent immigrants. Callers claiming to be
from the IRS tell intended victims they owe taxes and must pay using a
pre-paid debit card or wire transfer. The scammers threaten those who
refuse to pay with arrest, deportation or loss of a business or
The callers who commit this fraud often:
●Use common names and fake IRS badge numbers.
●Know the last four digits of the victim’s Social Security number.
●Make caller ID appear as if the IRS is calling.
●Send bogus IRS emails to support their scam.
●Call a second time claiming to be the police or DMV, and caller ID
again supports their claim.
The truth is the IRS usually first contacts people by mail – not by
phone – about unpaid taxes. And the IRS won’t ask for payment using
a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer. The agency also won’t ask for
a credit card number over the phone.
If you get a call from someone claiming to be with the IRS asking for a
payment, here’s what to do:
●If you owe federal taxes, or think you might owe taxes, hang up and
call the IRS at 800-829-1040. IRS workers can help you with your payment
●If you don’t owe taxes, call and report the incident to the
Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 800-366-4484.
●You can also file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission at
FTC.gov. Add "IRS Telephone Scam" to the comments in your complaint.
Be alert for phone and email scams that use the IRS name. The IRS will
never request personal or financial information by email, texting or any
social media. You should forward scam emails to phishing@....
Don’t open any attachments or click on any links in those emails.
Read more about tax scams on the genuine IRS website, www.irs.gov.
Catherine E. Plevy
Assistant to the Chief of Police
Public Information Officer (PIO)
Office of the Chief of Police
7500 Maple Avenue
Takoma Park, Maryland 20912
(301) 891-7142 - desk
(240) 338-2901 - cell