Victims may be told that they are entitled to substantial refunds or that they owe money to the IRS, and must pay immediately. The aim of the criminals is to get their victims to divulge personal information, or send money by an unsecured payment method.
Hallmarks of these schemes include the spoofing of telephone numbers to appear as if the IRS is calling, the use of common names, surnames and badge numbers to identify themselves. Complicating matters, the scammers sometimes obtain the last four digits of a potential victim’s Social Security number, and use that information to lend legitimacy to their scam, and frighten victims into action.
BBB reminds consumers that government agencies and financial institutions will never ask for personal information or account numbers over the telephone or by email. If you receive such correspondence, forward it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on this and related income tax fraud, visit www.irs.gov, and type the word “scam” in the search box.
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