We first learned of this back in April this year, and actually posted an alert at that time. However, we recently received more inquiries about scammers cold calling residents, identifying themselves as IRS Collections Agents demanding immediate payment for supposed past due taxes. This is a SCAM! How do I know? Because the IRS does not use the telephone to contact taxpayers behind on their taxes – they will send letters and notices.
If you get a call from someone claiming to be an IRS collections agent, just hang up. The IRS does not make such phone calls. The IRS only conveys collections information and notices in writing via the US Mail.
Here’s more, from an article posted at NBC News online, which explains this in detail:
Tax Day (April 15) is the perfect day for Congress to hold a hearing into what’s being described as “the largest and most pervasive” impersonation scam in the history of the IRS.
Criminals are calling Americans all across the country, posing as IRS agents. The scammers claim they owe back taxes and demand immediate payment or face arrest. Sometimes, they threaten deportation.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) received nearly 55,000 complaints about IRS imposter scams last year, a 25-fold increase from the 2,185 complaints filed in 2013. The FTC will tell lawmakers Wednesday that the IRS imposter scam was the single largest type of complaint it received last year. And the numbers continue to grow with no end in sight…Click Here For Full Story