The IRS impersonation scam really seems to be taking off. In the past week alone, BBB serving Central, Coastal, Southwest Texas and the Permian Basin has had a dozen calls from consumers who were contacted by these scammers. Scams like this have cheated consumers in the U.S. out of $5 million.
Check out this clip from KVUE about the IRS scam and how to avoid it.
If you receive a call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, you should do the following:
- If you know or think you might owe taxes, call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040 and speak with a real IRS employee.
- If you know you don’t think you owe taxes, report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 1-800-366-4484.
- You should also contact the Federal Trade Commission and use their FTC Complaint Assistant at FTC.gov. Add “IRS Telephone Scam” to the comments of your complaint.