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    From the IRS Website https://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/Con...ics-Once-Again

    Consumer Alert: Scammers Change Tactics, Once Again

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    WASHINGTON — Aggressive and threatening phone calls by criminals impersonating IRS agents remain a major threat to taxpayers, but now the IRS is receiving new reports of scammers calling under the guise of verifying tax return information over the phone.
    The latest variation being seen in the last few weeks tries to play off the current tax season. Scam artists call saying they have your tax return, and they just need to verify a few details to process your return. The scam tries to get you to give up personal information such as a Social Security number or personal financial information, such as bank numbers or credit cards.
    “These schemes continue to adapt and evolve in an attempt to catch people off guard just as they are preparing their tax returns,” said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. “Don’t be fooled. The IRS won’t be calling you out of the blue asking you to verify your personal tax information or aggressively threatening you to make an immediate payment.”
    The IRS reminds taxpayers to guard against all sorts of con games that continually change. The IRS, the states and the tax industry came together in 2015 and launched a public awareness campaign called Taxes. Security. Together. to help educate taxpayers about the need to maintain security online and to recognize and avoid “phishing” and other schemes.
    The IRS continues to hear reports of phone scams as well as e-mail phishing schemes across the country.
    “These schemes touch people in every part of the country and in every walk of life. It’s a growing list of people who’ve encountered these. I’ve even gotten these calls myself,” Koskinen said.
    This January, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) announced they have received reports of roughly 896,000 phone scam contacts since October 2013 and have become aware of over 5,000 victims who have collectively paid over $26.5 million as a result of the scam. Just this year, the IRS has seen a 400 percent increase in phishing schemes.
    Protect Yourself
    Scammers make unsolicited calls claiming to be IRS officials. They demand that the victim pay a bogus tax bill. They con the victim into sending cash, usually through a prepaid debit card or wire transfer. They may also leave “urgent” callback requests through phone “robo-calls,” or via a phishing email. They’ve even begun politely asking taxpayers to verify their identity over the phone.
    Many phone scams use threats to intimidate and bully a victim into paying. They may even threaten to arrest, deport or revoke the license of their victim if they don’t get the money.
    Scammers often alter caller ID numbers to make it look like the IRS or another agency is calling. The callers use IRS titles and fake badge numbers to appear legitimate. They may use the victim’s name, address and other personal information to make the call sound official.
    Here are some things the scammers often do but the IRS will not do. Any one of these five things is a tell-tale sign of a scam.
    The IRS will never:

    • Call to demand immediate payment over the phone, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed you several bills.
    • Call or email you to verify your identity by asking for personal and financial information.
    • Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
    • Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card.
    • Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone or e-mail.
    • Threaten to immediately bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.

    If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS and asking for money or to verify your identity, here’s what you should do:
    If you don’t owe taxes, or have no reason to think that you do:

    • Do not give out any information. Hang up immediately.
    • Contact TIGTA to report the call. Use their “IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting” web page. You can also call 800-366-4484.
    • Report it to the Federal Trade Commission. Use the “FTC Complaint Assistant” on FTC.gov. Please add “IRS Telephone Scam” in the notes.

    If you know you owe, or think you may owe tax:

    • Call the IRS at 800-829-1040. IRS workers can help you.

    Stay alert to scams that use the IRS as a lure. Tax scams can happen any time of year, not just at tax time. For more, visit “Tax Scams and Consumer Alerts” on IRS.gov.
    Each and every taxpayer has a set of fundamental rights they should be aware of when dealing with the IRS. These are your Taxpayer Bill of Rights. Explore your rights and our obligations to protect them on IRS.gov.
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    Jeez they never give up!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chunky White View Post
    Jeez they never give up!!
    Yep. In my job I deal with fraud, fraud risk, internal controls and much much more. Yes and I got a phone call from one of these guys and gave them to Bentley who took the call. What a hoot! I did not know Bentley could be so professional...my gosh he could work for H & R Block.

    Hopefully everyone uses caller ID and has an answering machine. Talk to the machine...if it is important then they will leave a message and I may or will call them back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rjisaterp View Post
    Yep. In my job I deal with fraud, fraud risk, internal controls and much much more. Yes and I got a phone call from one of these guys and gave them to Bentley who took the call. What a hoot! I did not know Bentley could be so professional...my gosh he could work for H & R Block.

    Hopefully everyone uses caller ID and has an answering machine. Talk to the machine...if it is important then they will leave a message and I may or will call them back.

    I only have a cellphone and don't answer unless I know who is calling. If you aren't in the contacts in my phone than you get ignored and left with the option to leave a message. Repeat callers that don't leave messages get put on the ignore list on my phone and it doesn't even ring when they call then. I have been hassled by people wanting donations for the past 7 months and have no idea how they originally got my number unless the local charities I give too gave my number to out of state ones.

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    Don't get scammed.

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