• Tax Season Starts: So do IRS Scammers

    Pacific Grove Police once again warns citizens to be wary of phone calls from individuals who claim to represent the Internal Revenue Service. According to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, “This is the largest scam of its kind.” Victims have paid out more than $1 million as a result of this scam.

    The IRS will NOT contact you by phone for unpaid taxes. The IRS will NOT ask for payment using a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer. The IRS will NOT ask for a credit card over the phone.

    If you receive a phone call from someone claiming to be with the IRS asking for payment, here’s what to do:

    1 If you owe taxes or thing you owe taxes, hang up and call the IRS at 1-800-929-1040.

    2 If you don’t owe taxes, call and report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 1-800-366-4484.

    3 You can also file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission at www.

    FTC.gov. Add “IRS Telephone Scam” to the comments in your complaint.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on January 2, 2015

    Topics: Front PG News

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