CONSUMER ALERT: Scammers Still Scaring Arkansans with IRS Con
November 22, 2017
LITTLE ROCK – Scam artists are back to scaring Arkansans into believing the IRS is sending law enforcement to track them down. But this time the criminals are making more specific threats of suspending business or driver’s license, according to the IRS.
“The IRS is never going to call you demanding immediate payment on back taxes,” said Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge. “These scam artists often spoof the caller ID to make it look as though the IRS is calling, and even sound like an authentic IRS agent. But rather than making unsolicited phone calls, the IRS will mail multiple notices and never ask for personal or financial information.”
The IRS recently reminded consumers how they can easily recognize scammers who call. Consumers should know the IRS will not do the following:
- Call demanding immediate payment. The IRS will not call if you owe taxes without first sending you a bill in the mail.
- Demand that taxes are paid without providing the individual the opportunity to question or appeal the amount owed.
- Require a payment of taxes a certain way. For example, demanding a payment with a prepaid debit card.
- Ask consumers for a credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
- Threaten to bring in police or other agencies to arrest you for not paying.
The IRS strongly recommends Arkansans who receive these threatening calls not give out any personal information and hang up immediately, contact the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at (800) 366-4484 to report the call and file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission. The agency also requests that any scam emails be forwarded to email@example.com.
The IRS encourages Arkansans with any questions about owed taxes to contact their office directly at (800) 829-1040.