IRS Tax Scams in full swing, still effective because of fear of “The Man”
For many it's hard to believe a person could fall for such scams, often the scammers issue threats of coming to taxpayer homes and seizing assets. They can call anyone regardless if they owe. Don't fear the “boogie man”, hang up on his ass!
Scams Targeting Taxpayers
IRS-Impersonation Telephone Scams
Beware of a new scam linked to the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS), where fraudsters call to demand an immediate tax payment through a prepaid debit card. In the latest twist, the scammer claims to be from the IRS and tells the victim about two certified letters purportedly sent to the taxpayer in the mail but returned as undeliverable. The scam artist then threatens arrest if a payment is not made through a prepaid debit card. The scammer also tells the victim that the card is linked to the EFTPS when, in fact, it is entirely controlled by the scammer. The victim is also warned not to contact their tax preparer, an attorney or their local IRS office until after the tax payment is made.