IRS Phone Scam Alert Returns to the Valley 

The tax filing season is finally behind us, but that’s not stopping the scam artists from trying to collect their own taxes. The Internal Revenue Service is warning of a new twist on an old scam where scammers will call and claim to be verifying information of tax returns. The scammers will then attempt to get sensitive information such as Social Security numbers. Here’s what you need to know to protect yourself:

The IRS will never…

  • Call to demand immediate payment over the phone, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed several bills.
  • Call or email to verify identity by asking for personal and/or financial information.
  • Demand taxes without giving the opportunity to question or appeal the amount it says is owed.
  • Require a person to use a specific payment method for taxes, such as a prepaid debit card.

If you or someone you know believes a scammer has called or they have been a victim of an IRS phone scam, please call 800-366-4484 to report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. Please remember and share this information with others to help prevent fraudulent tax scams.

Melissa Dierks
The Regal Team of RE/MAX Professionals
7111 W Bell Road, Suite 101
Glendale, AZ 85308
(623) 229-0154

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