IRS Releases Five Tips to Identify Scam Phone Call

Published 08/28 2014 02:43PM

Updated 08/28 2014 11:10PM

(WASHINGTON) The IRS issued an alert Thursday after consumers reported more telephone scam artists calling and pretending to be from the IRS.

The calls demand money or say you have a refund due. The scammer will then try tricking the consumer into sharing private information.

The IRS says they will never:

1. Call you about taxes you owe without first mailing you an official notice.

2. Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.

3. Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card.

4. Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.

5. Threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.

The IRS says, if you have received a phony phone call - go to and type “scam” in the search box.

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