Aggressive, threatening phone calls from criminals impersonating IRS agents continue to top the IRS’ list of “Dirty Dozen” scams. In the scam, criminals alter caller ID numbers to make it look like the IRS is calling. They use fake names and badge numbers and demand money from unsuspecting taxpayers.
The callers also try to trick taxpayers into revealing personal information by telling the taxpayers that they have a refund due, but additional information is needed (like a bank account number) to process the refund.
We have had a couple of clients call us after receiving phone calls like these so I wanted to emphasize a few things to be aware of:
The IRS will NEVER:
If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, please do the following:
We don’t want any of our clients to be taken in by these scammers, so if you have any doubt, do not give out any information, and call the IRS yourself.