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. 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.
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