Avoiding the many different types of IRS imposter scams


A call, voicemail, email, or text message from the IRS can be scary, but avoid paying the cost of being a victim of a scam this tax season with tips from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

An IRS imposter scam generally accuses the victim of owing taxes they must pay immediately or face serious penalties. Scammers use technology to focus on making their scams seem as real as possible. The scammer might give you a name and badge number as well as the caller ID saying “Internal Revenue Service” or “Federal Government.”

Remember the IRS will never call, email, or text to demand immediate payment without the opportunity to question or appeal the amount, threaten to bring in law-enforcement groups, or ask for personal financial information.

Report possible IRS scams by calling 1-800-366-4484 or going to FTC.gov/complaint. Determine if anything is owed by calling the IRS at 1-800-829-1040 or send any emails from someone claiming to be from the IRS to phishing@irs.gov.

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