As always, scammers who impersonate Internal Revenue Service officers are still a threat to taxpayers. They have been tricking innocent people and robbing them of money and peace of mind. We’ve compiled a list to help you determine real IRS representatives from fake ones so you can protect yourself:
- The IRS is NOT aggressive in their approach. Scammers are typically rude over the phone and easily agitated.
- The IRS does NOT initiate contact with taxpayers by email, text messages or social media channels.
- The IRS does NOT mention law enforcement efforts such as: local police or immigration officers.
- The IRS mails notification letters to taxpayers if they owe any taxes and do NOT request immediate payment via wire transfers. (Payments must only be sent to United States Treasury)
- Taxpayers can request credentials for the representative to prove they are there for an IRS visit.
Following these tips will keep you safe, but if you find yourself in a sticky situation you can always give IRS Audit Group a call. We’ll help you avoid this in the future and verify that your information is in good hands. Also, share this blog so your family and friends can steer clear of scammers as well.