Once again it’s the tax season and that means scam artists will try to steal your money by claiming to be the IRS in a phone call and say that you owe a specific amount in taxes.
The caller may threaten to arrest you if you don’t pay immediately and then you are asked for your credit or debt card. Don’t do it!
The IRS will never call and demand immediate payment without first sending a notice through the mail and that agency will never ask for your credit or debit card information. Unfortunately, scammers have even used the mails to steal your money (see “A New Scam Using the IRS and US Postal Service” in the “Money” section of CMC Digest).
If you get a call like this and you are concerned (and you should be), call the IRS at 877-908-3360 and report the call to that agency.
AARP’s Fraud Watch Network, which provided this warning, notes that American taxpayers have lost more than $60 million to scammers over the last five years. The devastation that has caused, more often than not to senior citizens or poor people, is too sad a story to tell. So be careful!
Beau Weisman, Editor