Does the IRS call you and accuse you of fraud and ask you for money?
I received a call from a woman who gave me her name and an ID number informing us that the IRS is charging us with fraud and that we owe them $8,140. We are retired on Social Security and have not owed any taxes for more than fifteen years. Is this a scam?
This is most definitely a scam, stay far away! The IRS does NOT call you. Here are 5 ways to spot an IRS scam, according to the IRS:
- "Call you to demand immediate payment. We will not call about taxes you owe without first mailing you a bill.
- Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the chance to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
- Require you to use a certain payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card.
- Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
- Threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement to have you arrested for not paying."
If you picked up the phone, hang up. All notices will come from the IRS via mail. Never by phone!!!
Please spread the word, I'v received these calls, and I'm sure other people you know have as well. They keep calling because some people must fall for it and send them money.
Yes. It's a common scam.
Block the number and if the same call comes in on another number, hang up. Don't worry. This is a very common scam and just about everyone I have mentioned it to, has also gotten one of these calls. The IRS will never communicate with you by phone. They will always send you a letter.
Thanks, by the way, for taking this question to Investopedia. Lots of people read this site and it helps get the word out. Don't worry about this "tax bill" or fraud charges.
Whil everyone is reading, please take a moment to read this too. NEVER give any personal financial information to anyone over the phone, if you did not initiate the call and are not absolutely certain you are speaking with a legitimate representative of a reputable firm. Also, NEVER click on any email attachments that are sent by someone unfamiliar to you. It is very easy to steal your identity and very troublesome to clear your name if it happens. Don't be a victim of cybercrime.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) does not contact taxpayers by email, phone call, text message or social media platforms to inform them of any tax issues. This is a scam. In fact, I have provided a link to the IRS website for you to learn more. https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/how-to-know-its-really-the-irs-calling-or-knocking-on-your-door-0