ALERT: Federal Trade Commission Advises to Beware of Scam IRS Imposter Calls
By Lisa Weintraub Schifferle Attorney, FTC, Division of Consumer & Business Education // March 24, 2019
VIDEO: hear how these IRS scam calls may sound
ABOVE VIDEO: You’ve probably gotten one of these calls. They say it’s the IRS and they’re filing a lawsuit against you for back taxes. (FTC Video)
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – You’ve probably gotten one of these calls, hey say it’s the IRS and they’re filing a lawsuit against you for back taxes.
The FTC worked with AARP to create a series of videos about imposter scams – including IRS imposters, Medicare scams, and robocalls. While the videos are aimed at older Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, the tips apply to everyone.
Last week, we highlighted Medicare scams; this week, it’s IRS imposters. Next week, stay tuned for robocalls.
In the video, you’ll hear how these calls may sound – and then learn to spot and avoid these scammers.
So, if you get a call from someone claiming to be from the IRS:
- Hang up. Don’t give personal or financial information to someone claiming to be from the IRS. If in doubt, call the IRS directly at 1-800-428-1040.
- Don’t send money by wire transfer, prepaid card or gift card to someone claiming to be from the IRS. That’s a scam. The IRS will not require a specific type of payment.
- Report the call. Report phony IRS calls to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) at tigta.gov or to the FTC at ftc.gov/complaint. The more we hear from you, the more we can help fight scams.
- Tell your community. Let your family and friends know about IRS imposters.
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