Consumers are receiving phone calls and robocalls from individuals claiming to be agents of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). These bogus calls claim that citizens owe back taxes, threatening them with arrest if they do not pay immediately.
Victims have been robbed of millions of dollars since the scam began circulating four years ago, according to the IRS.
“Don’t be fooled by callers pretending to be from the IRS in an attempt to steal your money,” says IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. “We continue to say if you are surprised to be hearing from us, then you’re not hearing from us.”
The scripts used in calls may vary, but the intent is the same. “The caller may threaten you with arrest or court action to trick you into making a payment,” Koskinen says. “Some schemes may say you’re entitled to a huge refund. These all add up to trouble. Some simple tips can help protect you.”
According to the IRS website,