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I received two phone calls (left message) yesterday when
I received two phone calls (left message) yesterday when I was not home. The caller had a heavy Indian (from India) accent, she was very insistent that I return her call. She said it had to do with tax fraud on my tax account and if I didn't return her call I would be arrested????? The phone # ***** gave(###) ###-####her employee # ***** I have not received any correspondence from the IRS, please let me know as I'm very concerned. My email address is***@******.***. My home phone # ***** (XXX) XXX-XXX I tried to call the Fraud Unit of the IRS and only got a recording telling me to go online, I do not want to give out my social security # ***** line.
This is a scam.
The Internal Revenue Service issued a consumer alert providing taxpayers with additional tips to protect themselves from telephone scam artists calling and pretending to be with the IRS.
“These telephone scams are being seen in every part of the country, and we urge people not to be deceived by these threatening phone calls,” IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said. “We have formal processes in place for people with tax issues. The IRS respects taxpayer rights, and these angry, shake-down calls are not how we do business.”
The IRS reminds people that they can know pretty easily when a supposed IRS caller is a fake. Here are five 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:
If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS and asking for money, here’s what you should do:
Do not give your SSN to anyone that calls you. The IRS does not call people like this.
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