IRS Warns Of The “Largest Ever” Phone Fraud Scam From IRS Imposters

NSTPFraud, Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA)

TIGTA (The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration) has issued a warning for the public to be aware of phone calls from individuals claiming to represent the IRS.  “This is the largest scam of its kind that we have ever seen,” said TIGTA Inspector General J. Russell George in a statement.  He noted that  has received reports of over 20,000 contacts and has become aware of thousands of victims who have collectively paid over $1 million as a result of the scam, in which individuals make unsolicited calls to taxpayers fraudulently claiming to be IRS officials.  Intended victims are told they owe past due taxes and must pay with a debit card or wire transfer or they will be arrested, deported, or will lose their business or driver’s license. The IRS usually makes their first contact by mail, not by phone, email or any other social media.  The IRS employees are very diligent in their protection of taxpayer rights and confidentiality.  They will not initiate a telephone conversation and demand payment or request personal information. “If someone unexpectedly calls claiming to be from the IRS and uses threatening language if you don’t pay immediately, that is a sign that it … Read More