During the tax season the number of IRS-related scams increases. But keep your guard up during other times of the year!
Scam artists posing as IRS officials take advantage of taxpayers by playing on their fears. As people are preparing their tax returns, those emotions are stronger, making many people easier targets for bad guys.
HOW IT WORKS
In a common scam, someone calls you and claims to be an IRS agent. They say you owe back taxes and unless you pay immediately, you will be arrested. They can be very convincing and threatening. They say you can settle your debt by sending them a prepaid debit card or gift card, like Amazon or iTunes, or by making a wire transfer.
What To Do
Do not believe them!
While the IRS recently started using collection companies, these companies and the IRS will not threaten you with arrest. The IRS also does not accept gift cards – especially iTunes and Amazon – as payment.
The IRS will usually contact you first by mail and give you a chance to dispute the issue. You can read more on the IRS website.
And never give these scam artists bank account information or credit card numbers.
While the tax season is prime season for these scams, they may happen at any time of the year.
What We Are Doing
We are doing our part to help prevent these scams throughout the world when we become aware of them. AT&T will partner with law enforcement both in the United States and overseas in order to protect its customers from large-scale robocalling fraud.