IRS calling? It's a scam.
The City of Gonzales Police Dept. is reporting that it has been receiving calls and walk-in’s regarding telephone calls in which someone, claiming to be from the IRS, is stating they have filed suit against an individual.
Attorney General Jeff Landry has issued a warning to Louisiana residents and businesses to be vigilant of telephone scammers claiming to be associated with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
“These scammers are shameless criminals who will stop at nothing to get your cash or personal information,” said Attorney General Jeff Landry. “If you receive a call from someone claiming to be a representative from the IRS who is threatening to take legal action against you, remember that the IRS does not initiate contact requesting information by electronic means. Also, they do not call asking for credit cards numbers or demanding payment without first sending a notification by mail.”
Attorney General Jeff Landry advises citizens to be on the lookout for the following signs:
- Scammers use fake names and IRS badge numbers. They generally use common names and surnames to identify themselves.
- Scammers may be able to recite the last four digits of a victim’s Social Security Number.
- Scammers spoof the IRS toll-free number or a 202 area code (Washington, DC) on caller ID to make it appear that it’s the IRS calling.
- Scammers sometimes send bogus IRS emails to some victims to support their bogus calls.
- Victims hear background noise of other calls being conducted to mimic a call site.
- After threatening victims with jail time or driver’s license revocation, scammers hang up and others soon call back pretending to be from the local police, and the caller ID supports their claim
If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS:
- If you know you owe taxes or you think you might owe taxes, call the IRS at (800) 829-1040. The IRS employees at that line can help you with a payment issue – if there really is such an issue.
- If you know you do not owe taxes or have no reason to think that you owe any taxes (for example, you’ve never received a bill or the caller made some bogus threats as described above), call to report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at (800) 366-4484.
Education is the best way to avoid the pitfalls of fraud and scams. For additional consumer tips, contact Attorney General Jeff Landry’s Consumer Protection Hotline at (800) 351-4889.