IRS Scams on the Rise

FraudAlertColoradoans are receiving bogus phone calls and emails from scammers pretending to be from the IRS. They are looking to con you out of money and your identity. The phone calls and emails may seem valid because scammers are imitating the IRS phone number, logo, and website.

Be prudent if you receive a call or email from the IRS! Remember, the IRS will NOT…

  • Call you to demand immediate payment. They will not call about taxes you owe without first mailing you a bill.
  • Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the chance to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
  • Require you to use a certain 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 to have you arrested for not paying.

Likewise, scammers may say you are due a refund and will ask for your bank account information to transfer the money to you.

Don’t fall victim to fraud and identity theft! If you know/are unsure if you owe taxes or are not sure if you are due a refund, call the IRS at 800-829-1040. Visit IRS.gov for more information and how to protect yourself.