Sheriff's Office: IRS Scam Alert

Sheriff's Office: IRS Scam Alert

Sheriff's Office: IRS Scam Alert

For more details see the IRS YouTube video: Tax Scams via Video Relay Service. If the victim refuses to cooperate, they are often threatened with arrest. So, she's now having to prove to the IRS that she is who she says she is. Some schemes provide an actual IRS address where they tell the victim to mail a receipt for the payment they make.

Local folks are receiving calls from people saying they are from the IRS, telling residents they owe money, giving them instructions as to how to pay and threatening that, if they don't pay, a warrant will be issued for their arrest. They will NOT initially call you.

The IRS will never accept any type of gift card as payment for a tax debt.

"These sorts of IRS ID theft scams and phone scams are going to continue because the income tax is a trillion-dollar-plus a year business", said Pete Sepp, president of the National Taxpayers Union. All tax payments should only be made payable to the U.S. Treasury and checks should never be made payable to third parties. They also don't ask for credit or debit numbers over the phone. The bottom line is, don't give that sensitive information to anyone. "Call the Office of Attorney General", Shapiro said. Use their " IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting " web page.

Employment or tax-related fraud was the most common form of reported identity theft in the US from 2014 through 2016, according to a Federal Trade Commission report released in March. But the phone call scheme resulted in the theft of more than $54 million from USA taxpayers since October 2013, $1.1 million of which came from 272 Arizona taxpayers during that period, according to data from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. Use the "FTC Complaint Assistant" on FTC.gov.

Call the IRS at 800-829-1040.

"If that happens to you, I want you to hang up and call me". Some of them are pretending to be the IRS.

For more information on the latest IRS scams, check the latest consumer alerts at the IRS website.

At least one tax watchdog believes that tax scams will be around as long as there are taxes.

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