Scammers pretending to be the Internal Revenue Service are changing their tactics again.
“They’re calling unexpectedly,” said spokesman Michael Devine. “They’re saying the IRS sent letters, certified letters that were returned, and that if you don’t pay your tax bill immediately, usually by a prepaid debit card, they’re going to send the police to arrest you. That’s the trick is, they catch you off guard and then they threaten you with being arrested. That’s something the IRS will never do.”
The Internal Revenue Service will try multiple avenues to get you by mail before they do anything else.
“We’re not going to threaten you,” said Devine. “We’re going to keep sending letters. We’re going to try to find you using the address on your last tax return, which should be right. That’s why it’s important if you ever move to tell the Post Office, tell your employer, tell the IRS.”
If you get a call where you feel pressured, just hang up.
“If you ever get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS that says you have to pay right now, just hang up the phone,” said Devine. “If you think that maybe there’s a chance that you do owe the IRS, you call the IRS at our toll-free number 800-829-1040 and ask. You generate the call, you look up the number, that way you won’t be the victim.”
For more information on how to find out if you owe the IRS, go to irs.gov.