Scam artists are back to scaring Arkansans into believing the IRS is sending law enforcement to track them down, according to a press release from Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge. Now, 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,” Rutledge said. “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 won’t call demanding immediate payment. The IRS won’t call if you owe taxes without first sending you a bill in the mail.
• The IRS won’t demand that taxes are paid without providing the individual the opportunity to question or appeal the amount owed.
• The IRS won’t require a payment of taxes a certain way. For example, demanding a payment with a prepaid debit card.
• The IRS won’t ask consumers for a credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
• The IRS won’t 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The IRS encourages Arkansans with any questions about owed taxes to contact their office directly at 800-829-1040.
For more information about other common scams and consumer-related issues, call the Arkansas Attorney General’s office at 800-482-8982 or visit ArkansasAG.gov or facebook.com/AGLeslieRutledge.