How to ID an IRS Scam
(United States) – Scammers have been getting smarter every day and have found some convincing ways to get people to either give them money or give them sensitive information that they can use to obtain money. One ongoing scam involves scammers posing as the IRS, here is what the IRS has to say about the issue of the IRS contacting tax payers, according to their official website.
The IRS (including employees and contractors) will never:
- Be insulting
- Demand payment without opportunities to question or appeal the amounts
- Require specific payment methods
- Threaten lawsuits, arrest, deportation or other action
- Ask for credit card information over the phone
- Make contact via text message or through social media channels
Ask for Credentials
IRS reps will always provide two forms of official credentials if asked to provide them. All reps will have a pocket commission explaining their authority and responsibilities and a Personal Identity Verification Credential (PIV). Criminal Investigators also carry badges and law enforcement credentials.