IRS imposters are at their old game – but with a new twist. The IRS reports that this current scam is being reported across the country.

How it works:

  • Scammers call taxpayers to claim the IRS has already mailed them two certified letters about an outstanding tax bill, but the letters were returned as undeliverable.
  • The scammer threatens immediate arrest unless the tax bill is paid using a prepaid debit card.
  • The scammer falsely contends that the prepaid debit card is linked to the IRS’ Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS).

What you should know:  

The IRS and its authorized private collection agencies do not accept prepaid debit cards, wire transfers or gift cards as forms of payment.

  • It’s a scam if you are threatened with arrest for nonpayment.
  • The IRS will not direct you to pay through a third party. Tax payments should only be made payable to the U.S. Treasury.

What you should do: 

If you are in doubt about whether or not you owe taxes, contact the IRS at 1-800-829-1040.

  • If you don’t owe taxes and get a call like this, hang up immediately.
  • Report IRS imposter scams to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration online or by phone, 800-366-4484.

The AARP Fraud Watch Network invites you to FREE Senior Fraud Conferences hosted by the Oklahoma Insurance Department across the state.

JULY 20 – ELK CITY

Western Technology Center

Rooms 103 & 104

301 Western Drive

Elk City, OK 73644

 

JULY 26 – TAHLEQUAH

Go Ye Village

1201 W. 4th Street

Tahlequah, OK 74464

The conferences begin at 8:30 AM and a complimentary breakfast will be provided. Sign up today to learn how to protect yourself, friends and families from frauds and scams. TO REGISTER CALL 1-800-763-2828. Find out more about these events at aarp.org/OK.

To request a Fraud Watch Network presentation in your community, contact msourjohn@aarp.org.

If you think you’ve been the victim of fraud, contact the our state Attorney General’s office by visiting www.ok.gov/oag or calling 1-405-521-3921 or 1-918-581-2885.

When it comes to fraud, vigilance is our number one weapon. You have the power to protect yourself and your loved ones from scams. Please share this alert with friends and family.

Spotted a scam?  Tell us about it.  Our scam-tracking map gives you information about the latest scams targeting people in your state.  You’ll also find first-hand accounts from scam-spotters who are sharing their experiences so you know how to protect yourself and your family.

 

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