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Sophisticated Fraudulent Phone Scams

Published: Apr 12, 2018

The IRS issued a Scam Alert for the public to be aware of a sophisticated phone scam targeting individual taxpayers and employers.  Fraudulent callers claim to be IRS employees and are using fake names and IRS identification badge numbers.  They appear to know a lot about their targets and are altering the caller ID to make it appear as if it is the IRS is calling.

A few tactics that the scammers are using include:

  • Telling victims that they owe the IRS money and it must be paid promptly through a gift card or wire transfer
  • Threatening victims with arrest, deportation, or suspension of a business or driver’s license
  • Being hostile and insulting to the victims
  • Indicating that the victim has a refund due to trick them into sharing sensitive information
  • Leaving an “urgent” callback request if the phone is unanswered

The full IRS article, including how to contact the IRS if you experience suspicious activity, can be viewed here:  https://www.irs.gov/newsroom.

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