An IRS imposter scams occurs when you are contacted by someone pretending to be working for IRS, in the purpose of swindling you out of money. The imposter may contact you by phone, email, postal mail, or even a text message. And they tend to ask you for further identification information or for some money. There are two common types of IRS imposter scam:
- Tax Collection
The imposter might pretend themselves as a tax collector. In the phone call or letter, they will claim that you owe taxes. And of course, they will request that you pay the amount immediately, usually with a prepaid debit card or wire transfer. They might even threaten that you will be arrested or your credit score will be impacted negatively if you don’t pay.
Sometimes imposters also ask for further identification information of you. For example, the email or text message may require you to verify your personal information. The message often includes a hyperlink phrase which says “click here.” Or you might see a button that links to a fraudulent form or website. If you fill out this fraudulent form with your real personal information, like your social security number and your credit card’s 3-digit verification code, the imposter will acquire your information and make transactions through your credit cards in the future.
If you recognize an IRS imposter scam or find something suspicious, you’d better report these scams. You can contact the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) if you believe that an IRS imposter has contacted you. You could also contact TIGTA online or by calling at 1-800-366-4484. It is also recommendable to send the [email protected]. an email which shows the message from the imposter.