You might have received a threatening calls from Fake IRS Agent and urging immediate payment from you. They maybe will tell you that you owe the IRS some amount of money or you will get a refunds. Beware, this might be a scammer trying to get a free money. According to the IRS, 90,000 complaints has been received by Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) and TIGTA has identified approximately 1,100 victims who have lost an estimated $5 million from these scams.
What is IRS Phone Scam
The scammer act as The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) employees and called their potential phone scam victims, the victims may be told that they owe money that must be paid immediately to the IRS or they are entitled to big refunds. When unsuccessful the first time, sometimes phone scammers call back trying a new strategy.
Taxpayers should remember their first contact with the IRS will not be a call from out of the blue, but through official correspondence sent through the mail.
How the scam work?
- Scammers use fake names and IRS badge numbers. They generally use common names and surnames to identify themselves.
- Scammers may be able to recite the last four digits of a victim’s Social Security number.
- Scammers spoof the IRS toll-free number on caller ID to make it appear that it’s the IRS calling.
- Scammers sometimes send bogus IRS emails to some victims to support their bogus calls.
- Victims hear background noise of other calls being conducted to mimic a call site.
- After threatening victims with jail time or driver’s license revocation, scammers hang up and others soon call back pretending to be from the local police or DMV, and the caller ID supports their claim.
Phone Numbers used by Fake IRS collectors and their Fake Officer name:
202-506-9835, 202-506-9705 Julie Smith
202-506-9060. Kevin Brown
202-239-7019 shawn mack
310 7427302 Ben MaCoy
202-239-6927 Mark Watson
1-888-369-8791, 1-888-393-2421, 1-202-864-1389, 202-864-1390 Melvin.
202-506-9720 Mrs. Turner
How to Protect Yourself?
Tips by The Internal Revenue Service if f you get a phone call from IRS Phone Scam syndicate:
- If you know you owe taxes or you think you might owe taxes, call the IRS at 1.800.829.1040. The IRS employees at that line can help you with a payment issue, if there really is such an issue.
- If you know you don’t owe taxes or have no reason to think that you owe any taxes (for example, you’ve never received a bill or the caller made some bogus threats as described above), then call and report the incident to TIGTA at 1.800.366.4484.
- You can file a complaint using the FTC Complaint Assistant; choose “Other” and then “Imposter Scams.” If the complaint involves someone impersonating the IRS, include the words “IRS Telephone Scam” in the notes.
- The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email to request personal or financial information. This includes any type of electronic communication, such as text messages and social media channels.
- The IRS also does not ask for PINs, passwords or similar confidential access information for credit card, bank or other financial accounts.
- Recipients should not open any attachments or click on any links contained in the message. Instead, forward the email to phishing[a]irs.gov.