Don’t fall for this. It’s absolutely a scam. The IRS has reported an increase in the number of people getting these sorts of phone calls. Victims receive phone calls from someone claiming to be from the IRS. The caller states that the victim owes back taxes and must immediately pay some ridiculous amount or they will call the police. The scammer then demands that the victim provide a credit or debit card number. Sometimes the scammer asks the victim to wire money. It’s cruel and inhumane. But it happens.
The IRS does not place random phone calls demanding that people pay back taxes. In my experience, the IRS will never call a person who owes back taxes without first sending them a notice in the mail. Nor will they just demand that you pay a certain amount without giving you an opportunity to hire an attorney and question the agency’s calculations and demands.
The IRS does not usually specify the way in which you have to pay taxes. These scam callers do. I’ve never heard of the IRS demanding that anyone pay taxes over the phone or with a prepaid debit card. And I’ve been doing this for a long time. The agency will never ask for your credit card or debit card number over the phone. You know it’s a scam the minute one of these callers threatens to contact the police because you haven’t paid your taxes.
Just hang up if you’re sure you don’t owe the IRS anything. If you do owe back taxes and received a letter from the IRS before hearing from the agency by phone, now is the time to give us a call. You have rights when dealing with the IRS, and I can help make sure those rights are protected. Together we can figure out a way to stop the harassing calls and get you back on the road to financial security.