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Fake IRS Phone Scam

Fire Police City County FCU has received reports of the continuing fake IRS lawsuit scam. The scam involves a phone call informing a taxpayer that they are past due with the IRS. The call claims that they have attempted to reach out prior and having never heard a response, there is now a lawsuit pending. The scammers, claiming to be the IRS, threaten to put a lien on assets and bank accounts, and if no response or payment is received, they threaten arrest, deportation, or suspension of a business or driver’s license. The caller may be aggressive, hostile, and insulting.

If you receive a call or message claiming to be from the IRS, do not call back the number provided in the message and if you are on the phone with someone claiming to be from the IRS, state that you will call them back and hang up, especially if they are being belligerent or threatening.

If you owe taxes or think you possibly owe taxes, call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040. The real IRS employees at this number can help you with any payment issue should an issue exist.

If you owe no taxes or cannot think of a reason that you might owe taxes (as in you never received a letter or bill or threats were made such as those described above), then please call and report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 1-800-366-4484. You can also file a report with the FTC Complaint Assistant. Choose “Other”, then “Imposter Scams”. If someone claimed to be part of the IRS, include the words “IRS Telephone Scam” in the notes.

The IRS has made it clear that they do not initiate contact with taxpayers by phone, email, text, or social media to request personal or financial information. Communication with taxpayers on a tax issue is likely to occur via mail. The IRS does not ask for credit card information, PINs, passwords, bank accounts, or similar confidential information. Visit the official IRS website for more information.