Protect Yourself From Scammers During This Tax Season and Everyday!
There is a new phone scam working in Kansas City and around the country. The Internal Revenue Service reports impostors are calling people and demanding immediate payment. In many cases threatened jail-time or deportation. How do I know this? I came home to a a crying family member being threatened by these villains demanding payment.
Tax season is stressful. IRS scammers only add to your anxiety, through phone calls and emails. They will try to convince victims they owe money. The more the public is educated about the security risks and what to look for, better prepared we will be to fend off these impostors. As a professional in Infrastructure and Security, its my job to take care of educating my clients about security on a greater scale. But when the issue hits home or when I hear of the elderly, who are perhaps not as tech-savvy, being taken advantage of, I feel its my duty to step forward to help. Below are some helpful “rules” from the IRS to know about the IRS calling you at home.
Five things the scammers often do but the IRS will not do.
Any one of these five things is a tell-tale sign of a scam. The IRS will never:
- Call to demand immediate payment, nor will we call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill..
- Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
- Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card.
- Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
- Threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.
When these scammers call, simply hang-up. They will more than likely call again and you should hang up again. Report the phone number to the IRS. Your best defense is to not give out any piece of information to them. And never give out your social security number, license, passport information, address, or children’s information. For more information on the IRS scams and what you can do go visit www.justice.gov/tax or www.irs.gov .
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About Amy Krohn
Amy Krohn has served as a leader in the technology industry for over 20 years. Her areas of expertise include leading organizations and companies in executive leadership, strategic planning, enterprise architecture, as a mentor, leadership development, organizational change management, delivery management, vendor management, service management, and process improvements. Amy currently serves as Veracity Consulting’s Vice President of Technology.