SCAM ALERT: 8 Things to do if You Receive an IRS Scam Phone Call

IRS Scam Phone Call Action List

For some time now, Tax payers have been calling the Channel 3 newsroom with the complain that they have been receiving phone calls suspected to be IRS Scam.

These calls have placed the elderly as their major target; hence demanding money and even threatening to send them to jail if they don’t pay up for their IRS.

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Betty Randolph said “Well, it makes me mad. It makes me mad and upset,”

The 89 years old Betty Randolph said she have received three calls from people claiming to be with the IRS and gave the reason for the call that they were filing a lawsuit against her and  could call her number.

Good enough, Randolph knows she does not owe any money, so she decided not to take the bait knowing fully well that her son takes care of all her tax bills.

This act has led thousands of people into losing money because of similar calls. Report since 2013 has it that the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) said there have been nearly if not more than 100,000 calls with over 5,000 victims, who have collectively paid over $26.5 million as a result of the scam calls.

The IRS (Internal Revenue Service) says many of the scammers alter the caller ID numbers so as to make it look like the IRS, and use IRS titles and fake badge numbers, most times, they even use the victim’s name, address and personal information which have been gathered from soured yet to be known.

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Now; the Rhea County Sheriff’s Department has placed a warning of its own to the public.

“It might be a smaller number of amounts like $65 or $135, making the victim to think they actually owe,” said Rhea County Investigator Rocky Potter.

Channel 3 have tried calling three of these different numbers left by the scammers, but to no avail, all of them have been disconnected and for this,

the IRS (Internal Revenue Service) have publicly made it clear to everyone that it will never call to demand payment from anyone and will never ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.

Oftentimes the scammers will threaten you, saying that the police will arrest you if you don’t pay up the IRS bill, but Investigator Potter tells us that would never happen.

“No, we would not be issuing or swearing out any warrants for an IRS debt,” Potter said, “That would be the federal government.”

The IRS have given tip on the best thing to do if you received one of these IRS Scam calls, and this is what you should do:

IRS Scam Phone Call: What to do if you receive any

  1. Do not give out any information.
  2. Hang up immediately.
  3. Contact TIGTA to report the call.
  4. Use their “IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting” web page.
  5. You can also call 800-366-4484.
  6. Report it to the Federal Trade Commission.
  7. Use the “FTC Complaint Assistant” on FTC.gov. Please add “IRS Telephone Scam” in the notes.
  8. Call the IRS at 800-829-1040. IRS workers can help you.