Not content with sending fraudulent emails, scammers continue to call 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 liabilities or to collect any outstanding debts; 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”. This is the proof that the caller is not from the IRS, because 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 or email us.