23 Apr IRS Reminds Seniors to Remain on Alert to Phone Scams
IRS Reminds Seniors to Remain on Alert to Phone Scams
The IRS reminds seniors to remain alert to aggressive and threatening phone calls by criminals impersonating IRS agents. With its large population of retirees, Florida is often a target.
The callers claim to be employees, but are not. These con artists can sound convincing when they call. They use fake names and bogus IRS identification badge numbers. They may know a lot about their targets, and they usually alter the caller ID to make it look like the IRS is calling.
The victims are told they owe money to the IRS and must pay it promptly through a preloaded debit card or wire transfer. If the victim refuses to cooperate, they are often threatened with arrest. In many cases, the caller becomes hostile and insulting. Alternately, victims may be told they have a refund due to try to trick them into sharing private information. If the phone isn’t answered, the phone scammers often leave an “urgent” call-back request.
In recent years, thousands of people have lost millions of dollars and their personal information to tax scams and fake IRS communication.
Remember, the IRS does not use email, text messages or social media to discuss personal tax issues involving bills or refunds.
If you have questions regarding your taxes, call Palm Beach Tax Service in Lantana, an accounting service that cares about our community and wants to help make sure you are not a victim of a scam.