This Tax Season, Protect Yourself from IRS Imposter Scams
Scammers Are Getting Sophisticated
How Do You Know If the Call Is Real?
The IRS will NEVER:
- Call to demand immediate payment with a prepaid debit card, gift card, or wire transfer.
- Threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested or deported for not paying.
- Demand payment without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
- Contact you by email, text message, or through social media to request personal or financial information such as PINs, passwords, credit card, bank, or other account information.
How can you protect yourself and others from IRS imposter scams?
- Order copies of the new IRS scams placemat for a meal site, or to share with friends and family.
- If you know you owe taxes or you think you might owe taxes, call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040.
- Report possible IRS scams to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 1-800-366-4484 and to FTC.gov/complaint.