With the IRS in the middle of tax return filing season, scammers are again calling people, impersonating IRS agents, and seeking everything from confidential tax and other personal information (including credit card and bank information), to payments to an “IRS account”.
While the IRS is aggressively going after these fraudulent scams, there simply are not enough people in the IRS to combat everyone trying to rip off taxpayers. It’s almost like “whack a mole”, where for every criminal the IRS identifies, 10 more sprout up.
These calls come from people impersonating themselves as IRS agents. Calls are usually to someone’s home. The caller will often identify him or herself as an IRS agent, state the person being called has IRS back taxes that are owed, and the caller seeks social security numbers and other information “to verify the account”. Callers may also state that taxes are due, threaten audits (or even jail!), and recommend that the person being called make an immediate credit card payment to a designed “IRS account”. All this is simply rank fraud.
The latest variation being seen by the IRS involves a caller stating he or she is an IRS representative “and they just need to verify a few details to process your return”. The scam tries to get you to give up personal information such as a social security number or personal financial information, such as bank numbers or credit cards.