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IRS Urges Public to Stay Alert for Scam Phone Calls

posted Nov 9, 2015, 10:04 PM by Zaher Fallahi

The IRS continues to warn taxpayers to protect against scam phone calls from thieves intent on stealing their money or their identity. Criminals pose as the IRS personnel to trick victims out of their money or personal information. Here are several tips to assist you avoid being a victim of these scams:

 

1-      Scammers make unsolicited calls.  Criminals call taxpayers claiming to be IRS officials. They demand that the victim pay a bogus tax bill immediately or will be arrested and out in jail. They con the victim into sending cash, usually through a prepaid debit card or wire transfer. They may also leave “urgent” callback requests through phone “robo-calls,” or via phishing email

2-      Callers scare their victims.  Many phone scammers use threats to intimidate and bully a victim into paying. They may even threaten to deport or revoke the license of their victim if they don’t pay the money.

3-      Scammers use caller ID spoofing.  Scammers often alter caller ID to make it look like the IRS or another government agency is calling. The callers use IRS titles and fake employee numbers to appear legitimate. They may use the victim’s name, address and other personal information to appear government official.

4-      Criminals attempt new tricks all the time.  Some scammers provide an actual IRS address where they tell the victim to mail a receipt for the payment they make. Others use emails that contain a fake IRS document with a phone number or an email address for a reply. These scams often use official IRS letterhead in emails or regular mail that they send to their victims. They try these ploys to make the ruse look government official.

5-      Scams cost victims over $23 million. The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) has received reports of about 736,000 scam contacts since October 2013. Nearly 4,550 victims have fallen for these  unscrupulous tricks and paid over $23 million as a result of these illegal conducts.

 

Zaher Fallahi, CPA, Esq., CPA, is an IRS Debt Relief Lawyer, practices as Los Angeles Tax CPA and Orange County Tax CPA, and assists clients in solving their tax problems with respect to OVDP, FBAR, FATCA and tax audit.  Zaher Fallahi has been rated 10 out of 10 by Avvo  http://www.avvo.com/attorneys/90024-ca-zaher-fallahi-1955056.html  and was named a top tax attorney in September 2015 http://www.ocbar.org/AllNews/NewsView/tabid/66/ArticleId/1631/Coast-Magazine-Names-OCBA-Members-Top-Attorneys.aspx  About 1.8% of the US lawyers are also CPAs, and we are proudly one of them. Telephones: (310) 719-1040 (Los Angeles), (714) 546-4272 (Orange County), e-mail taxattorney@zfcpa.com

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