Even though tax filing season is over, the Internal Revenue Service still urges taxpayers to beware of tax-related scams over the summer months. IRS officials say there are many variations, but most scams demand that taxpayers make an immediate payment to avoid being arrested.
In a new phone scam, a caller claiming to be from the IRS will tell the victim that two certified letters were mailed but returned as undeliverable. The scammer then demands that the taxpayer make a payment with a specific prepaid debit card, supposedly linked to the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System.
The IRS reminds taxpayers that it will never demand immediate payment using a specific method like a prepaid debit card, gift card, or wire transfer. The IRS will also never threaten to immediately bring in local police to arrest a taxpayer or ask for credit and debit card numbers over the phone. Taxpayers must also be given the chance to question or appeal the amount owed.
The IRS also says that if you know you don’t owe any taxes, hang up immediately. If you’re not sure, you can check your tax account online at IRS.gov.