Whether you’re aware of it or not, almost every American has been targeted by some form of scamming, from e-mails to phone calls. The scams usually go along the lines of “You have overdue taxes, please address this over the phone or through e-mail or your wages will be garnished.” The unfortunate reality is that these scammers target and focus on the elderly and people who they believe they can fool with these tactics. The best way to keep yourself and your family safe is to stay up to date on current scams and to teach your loved ones how to avoid these fraudulent solicitations. If you have any questions about your contact with the IRS or would like more information on how the IRS makes contact, then give Inside Out Tax Resolution Services a call today. We’ll be able to help determine if you’re being targeted for a scam or not.
Signs Of Scams
Most scammers are looking for quick money, but they are also looking to get information from you to make it easier for future scams. There are a few telltale signs that you are dealing with a scammer and not the IRS itself. The easiest way to recognize a scammer is that the IRS will never contact you and demand immediate payment using an unusual payment method like prepaid debit cards, wire transfers, or gift cards. These payment forms are harder to trace and scammers use them all the time to limit their risk.
Most scammers will also push you to pay for something without the opportunity to discuss what they say you owe. These scammers are looking for a quick turnaround, and the longer they wait, the longer they risk being exposed, so they will be very pushy with getting you to act quickly.
Another clear sign of a scam is if they threaten to bring in local police, immigration officials, or other forms of law enforcement. The IRS cannot revoke your driver’s license, business license, or your immigration status, so these threats don’t mean anything. The common denominator with these scammers is that they prey on your fear of the repercussions for not doing what they ask, often making up elaborate stories to push you to act quickly.
What To Do If You’ve Been Scammed
If you have been scammed by an IRS impersonator, then you need to act quickly. The first thing that you should do is to notify the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration of the issue. Once you have done this, you can contact your bank to make a stop payment, or submit information relating to identity theft, if what the scammers took was your personal information.
If you believe you are the subject of tax-related identity theft, or if you need help with a tax issue, then get in touch with us at Inside Out Tax Resolution Services.