Congressman Pete King Warns of IRS Telephone Scam
Congressman Pete King (R-Seaford) warns that an aggressive and sophisticated phone scam targeting taxpayers in an attempt to steal their money has been making the rounds throughout the country.
“Callers claim to be employees of the IRS, but are not. These con artists can sound convincing when they call,” Congressman King said. “They use fake names and bogus IRS identification badge numbers. They may know a lot about their targets, and they usually alter the caller ID to make it look like the IRS is calling.”
Rep. King added that victims are told they owe money to the IRS and it must be paid promptly through a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer. If the victim refuses to cooperate, they are then threatened with arrest or suspension of a business or driver’s license. In many cases, the caller becomes hostile and insulting.
“Victims may also be told they have a refund due to try to trick them into sharing private information,” Congressman King added.
The Congressman offers five clues to watch out for when receiving one of these calls:
The IRS will never:
- Call to demand immediate payment, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill.
- 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.
- Threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.
Congressman King concluded that if you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS and asking for money do not give out any information and hang up immediately. You can report the call to the Treasury Inspector General Tax Administration by calling 1- 800-366-4484.