Reports of IRS scams in Cass Cty
Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch reports that the sheriff’s office has recently received an increase in reports of a potential scam in which the caller indicates they are from the IRS and demanding payment to clear up a tax situation.
These scams come in both the form of phone calls and e-mails. They indicate that legal proceedings will be taken against the victim if the tax situation is not satisfied immediately with a form of payment. They may also say that you are owed a refund and ask for your bank information.
The sheriff’s office has determined these calls and emails to be a potential “phishing” scam, in which the scammer is attempting to get personal or financial information. When the “victim” refuses to give them any information, the scammers get very negative and demanding. This is an obvious attempt to obtain financial information. The IRS and other legitimate organizations do not conduct business in this manner.
The real IRS will not:
o Call you to demand immediate payment. Initial contact will be through the mail.
o Demand tax payment and not allow you to question or appeal the amount you owe.
o Require that you pay your taxes a certain way. For example, demand that you pay with a prepaid debit card.
o Ask for your credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
o Threaten to bring in local police or other agencies to arrest you without payment.
o Threaten you with a lawsuit.
If you don’t have reason to think you owe taxes:
o Contact the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. Use TIGTA’s “IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting” web page to report the incident.
o Report it to the Federal Trade Commission. Use the “FTC Complaint Assistant” on FTC.gov.
If you think you may own taxes:
o Ask for a call back number and an employee badge number. Call the IRS at 800-829-1040.
If you get a “phishing” email, the IRS offers this advice:
o Don’t reply to the message.