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Scam Calls and Emails Using IRS as Bait Persist

posted Feb 14, 2016, 8:21 PM by Zaher Fallahi
Scams using the IRS as a lure continue to plague the public. They take many different forms. The most common scams are phone calls and emails from unscrupulous thieves pretending to be representing the IRS. They use the IRS name, logo or a fake website to try to steal your money and identity for their own benefit.

 

Be wary if you get an out-of-the-blue phone call or automated message from someone who claims to be from the IRS. Sometimes they say you owe money and must pay right away or will be put in jail. Other times they say you are owed a refund and ask for your bank account information over the phone so that they can steal money from your bank account.  Don’t fall for any of these. Here are several tips for the IRS to avoid becoming a scam victim.

 

According to the IRS, the real IRS will NOT:

1- Call you to demand immediate payment.

2- The IRS will not call you if you owe taxes without first sending you a bill in the mail.

3- Demand tax payment and not allow you to question or appeal the amount you owe.

4- Require that you pay your taxes a certain way. For example, demand that you pay with a prepaid debit card and ask for your credit or debit card numbers over the phone.

5- Threaten to bring in local police or other agencies to arrest you without paying.

6-Threaten you with a lawsuit. If you don’t owe taxes or have no reason to think that you do:

 

Zaher Fallahi, CPA, Tax attorney, advises taxpayers including Americans living abroad with tax preparation, tax planning, IRS representation, and resolving tax controversy with respect to unreported foreign bank accounts and foreign trusts; FBAR, FATCA and OVDP. We may be reached at (310) 719-1040 (Los Angeles), (714) 546-4272 (Orange County), or e-mail to:  taxattorney@zfcpa.com

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