BBB Warns About Phony IRS Calls

Shelley Polansky -- Photo Provided
Shelley Polansky -- Photo Provided

The Better Business Bureau that serves Wyoming and northern Colorado issued a warning today about bogus calls from the Internal Revenue Service. Bureau spokeswoman Shelley Polansky said her office has received numerous reports on the scam.

She went on to say victims may be told they owe money that must be paid immediately to the IRS or they are entitled to refunds. When unsuccessful the first time, she said, sometimes these phone scammers call back trying a new strategy, and unfortunately for some, it's worked, across the country.

She said the IRS does not call taxpayers, but rather sends official correspondence through the mail.

That number is posted at the end of this story. So, she said, make a mental note that the IRS: never asks for credit, debit or prepaid card information over the phone; never insists that taxpayers use a specific payment method to pay tax obligations; and never requests immediate payment over the telephone nor threatens consequences.

She said scammers will use fake names and IRS badge numbers and may be able to recite the last four digits of a victim's Social Security number. They will also spoof the IRS toll-free number on caller ID and sometimes send bogus IRS emails to victims to support their bogus calls. – IRS-- 1-800-829-1040

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