Authorities Warning Residents of IRS Phone Scam

Local authorities are warning residents of an IRS phone scam. Both Manchester Police and the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office say they have received complaints from people who have gotten phone calls from someone claiming to be an IRS agent. The so-called agent threatens to take legal action against them if they do not send money. Police say a government agency like IRS will not contact you by phone and ask you to send them any type of funds. They remind you to never give anyone your personal information over the phone.

Some facts to keep in mind:

The IRS will not:

Call you to demand immediate payment. The IRS will not call you if you owe taxes without first sending you a bill in the mail.

Demand that you pay taxes and not allow you to question or appeal the amount you owe.

Require that you pay your taxes a certain way. For instance, require that you pay with a prepaid debit card.

Ask for your credit or debit card numbers over the phone.

Threaten to bring in police or other agencies to arrest you for not paying.

If you don’t owe taxes, or have no reason to think that you do:

Do not give out any information. Hang up immediately.

Contact TIGTA to report the call. Use their “IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting” web page. You can also call 800-366-4484.

Report it to the Federal Trade Commission. Use the “FTC Complaint Assistant” on FTC.gov. Please add “IRS Telephone Scam” in the notes.

If you know you owe, or think you may owe tax:

Call the IRS at 800-829-1040. IRS workers can help you.