Not content with sending fraudulent emails, scammers are now calling taxpayers, pretending to be from the Collection Division of the IRS and demanding a payment of thousands of dollars or risk having the taxpayer arrested.
The IRS does not make telephone calls to initially inform you of any unpaid tax liabilites; they will send you a notice.
Scammers use what is known as a “ghost” telephone number, whereby a “local” telephone number is displayed on your telephone display that isn’t real.
Typical of actions by the scammers, is to threaten arrest if a payment isn’t made. Additionally, if you tell them that you would like your Enrolled Agent to handle the matter, they will tell you that they cannot or will not talk with a “third party”. When you tell a real IRS agent or officer that you want your Enrolled Agent to represent you, they must stop the interview.
If you have any doubts or questions, hang up the phone and call us.