IRS phone scammers are relentless in the USA. With a complex tax system and a vulnerable ageing population, scammers have been targeting victims via phone, email and post.
Fraudsters are banking on fear and threats to work on the American public when it comes to conning them out of money. Treasury Inspector, Russel George, said that anytime a call comes in and they threat legal action and demand you pay up, it is definitely not the IRS making that call.
The IRS has posted guidelines to help people handle these scenarios If you receive a robo call claiming to be them:
- If you owe federal taxes or think you might owe taxes, hang up and call theIRS at 800-829-1040. IRS workers can help you with your payment questions.
- If you do not owe taxes, fill out the “IRS Impersonation scam” form on TIGTA’s website, www.tigta.gov, or call TIGTA at 800-366-4484.
- You can also file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission at www.FTC.gov. Add “IRS Telephone Scam” to the comments in your complaint
The issue comes when scammers call multiple times and leave increasingly frequent and numerous messages. After you detect one, block that number. You can use a CPR call blocker V5000, it comes preloaded and the nuisance and potentially dangerous numbers come up on the screen so you can keep an eye on them. Hit the button and the number is blocked forever.
Below is an informative video from Click Orlando, no phones are unreachable from scammers and the amount of money conned out of American Citizens is shocking.