The Better Business Bureau issued this warning in November, but it is a relevant reminder this tax day: beware a phone scam where someone claims they are from the internal revenue service.
The tricky part, according to the BBB, is the person on the other end of the phone can make their number show up as the IRS on your caller ID. Officials said that scammer may even be able to verify the last four digits of your Social Security Number.
These scammers say you have owed taxes to be paid by wire transfer or on a prepaid debit card. If you do not pay up, the phony IRS agents threaten tough consequences like jail time.
There are a couple ways to know you are being scammed by a fake IRS agent:
- the IRS has already said it will not ask for payments using a wire transfer or prepaid card
- an IRS agent will get a hold of you via mail, not a phone call
- a real IRS agent will not threaten to get the police involved
If you get one of these calls, you are asked to report is by calling the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at (800) 366-4484.