The IRS scam has seen a dramatic increase in recent weeks. Callers to the Arkansas Attorney General’s office are reporting scammers posing as the IRS in an attempt to steal money and personal information. The recent scam calls have all been made from an Atlanta phone number with a 470 area code.
“These scammers continue to update their tactics and try to intimidate Arkansans,” Attorney General Leslie Rutledge said in a news release. “We have seen a number of different versions of this scam, but Arkansans should know that the IRS will never call you in this manner.”
The IRS recently reminded consumers how to easily recognize scam calls. Consumers should know that 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 specific form of tax payment. For example, demanding a payment with a prepaid debit card.
• Ask consumers for 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 that 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, please call the Arkansas Attorney General’s office at (800) 482-8982 or visit ArkansasAG.gov or facebook.com/AGLeslieRutledge.