SCAM!!! IRS never calls- If you are getting a call or an email its SCAM FOR IRS
Are you getting calls from IRS, be careful this is a Scam for IRS they are scammers who will try to scare you providing some sensitive information and will threaten you for arrest and deportation.
Now the question is does the IRS call you, IRS will never email or call you for any notice or complaints, IRS will only mail you with an official letter directly to your mailing address. According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) report, nearly one in five people were victims of IRS scams in 2018 with roughly $488 million loss. This is an IRS phone scams.
The most popular trick of these scammers is though the voicemail. The message they send might be very similar to this:
” We found that there were a fraud and misconduct on your tax which you are hiding from the federal government. This needs to be rectified immediately, so please return the call as soon as you receive the message“
Most of these scammers are from overseas countries and have a full office set up, they use IVR to send recorded voicemail and use VoIP services like to rung central and Vonage to communicate. Please read all the information carefully and be aware of IRS scam phone calls
Different ways these scammers will threaten
Note: (None of these activities is done by IRS)
Putting a lien or levy on your assets
They claim themselves from the Bureau of Tax Enforcement and may send you prior notice from the Bureau of Tax Enforcement from a fake Agency threaten to put a lien or levy on your assets. The fact is there is no Bureau of Tax Enforcement, this is simply a scam for IRS(fake) pretending themselves from the IRS.
Fake Voicemail from IRS:
Does the IRS call you with a recorded message? NO
They will send you a fake voicemail from a number that looks like from IRS or any local police. This voicemail will threat you that you have a high amount of taxes pending and will ask to call their number or else you will be arrested.
Fake email or pop-ups for a refund of taxes
You may receive emails or any pop-ups messages on your device which says check your details about your tax refund. Once you click on the link shared by them, it will redirect to a website that looks like the IRS official site which will ask you provide your personal details to verify like your social security number, driving license number, bank or card details.
Never do that on any website requested on call or email, this is malware that steals all your information.
Scammers may call you and claim that they are from IRS and may cancel or suspend your social security number. If you ask for a reason they will create a fake story of an accident, liability or over-income.
Ransomware emails or messages can appear on your computer or other device asking to take an FBI survey. This can be on the name of the FBI or IRS and once you go to the survey it will ask to claim the message.
Your one-click download ransomware programs will prevent you access any of your data on the device until you pay them. They can also misuse your data and accounts.
Federal Student Tax
You owe the federal student tax, don’t worry I never heard of The Federal student tax and it doesn’t exist.
Few Key Information(Scam for IRS)
IRS scam by mail: Scammers may also try to contact you via mail by sending a mail notice looking very legit and there will there a number where they will ask you to call on that number.
What it’s all about: They can contact you though anyway such as calls, emails, messages, mail, and social media. But the story by them will almost be the same: they need money.
Beware, what all the IRS doesn’t do and that these scammers do
IRS will never call or email you first but scammers will
The IRS will contact you via mail first, once you receive their mail you may try to call or request a callback. Best would be you directly visit the IRS official website and contact the local office.
Prerecorded threatening voicemail
The IRS never leave a prerecorded threatening voicemail. If you receive such voicemail asking to call them back, you got the scammers. Report to local IRS office
Ask for HSPD-12 card
If you get a call or email please ask them for HSPD-12 card, and these scammers will be shocked or will hang up the call as they don’t have any idea about this card. Even if anyhow they give you any random card number please call the local IRS office to confirm. Real IRS agents have two kinds of identification: a pocket commission and HSPD-12 card and you have the right to ask for these card numbers to verify.
They will call you
The IRS will never call its an IRS phone scams, so if you get a call kindly hang up as suggested by the IRS. Scammers call you and sound like a real IRS agent and try to sound legit by sharing a fake batch ID number.
They will Email you:
You may receive an email from these scammers threatening you on your fake pending taxes or to cancel the social security number. These emails look very legit and even may contain the IRS logo. So again the first thing you need to do is to call the IRS local office or email at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
They may contact you via Social media:
They may even try to contact you through social media like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or any messenger. If you will check their profile even that will look very legit. They may have the IRS logo on their profile and the name would be starting with an agent(random name) with a fake profile. So this is again a scam for IRS please call the IRS local office and make a complaint.
They will ask you to pay with GIFT cards or to Wire
Once it comes to a deal where they ask you to pay any specific amount, they will ask you to purchase gift cards like iTunes, Target, Walmart, google play card, etc or will ask to wire the money.
Now What you should do to protect your self against scam for IRS
- Always keep in mind that do not proceed with anyone about your taxes without authenticating.
- Tell the Federal Trade Commission via the FTC Complaint Assistant on FTC.gov. Add “IRS Telephone Scam” in the notes.
- Call your local IRS office if you receive a call or voicemail and tell them everything.
- Email at mailto:email@example.com if you receive an email from them.
- Always ask their identity and then verify it.
- Always pay your taxes and be a good citizen.
- Real IRS agents will never threaten you.
- Keep your Devices Optimized and secured.