“The IRS has issued an arrest warrant against you. Right now you and your physical property both are being monitored. It is very important we hear from you before we proceed in any legal manner. Please call 610-904-1168.”
I had this message left on my phone, not once but twice, on a Saturday this summer while I was out of the house.
Now even though I know this is a hoax left by a nefarious individual, it is still attention-getting. Per the IRS, people have lost millions of dollars and their personal information to tax scams and fake IRS communications. This scam is being reported across the country, so taxpayers should be on the alert.
The IRS is warning people to be aware of new scams where fraudsters call to demand an immediate tax payment through a prepaid debit card. These impersonators claiming to be from the IRS threatens arrest if a payment is not made. They tell people that the payment system is linked to the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS) when it is entirely controlled by the scammers.
So just because it isn’t “tax season,” please be aware and stay vigilant. Remember that the first contact with the IRS will not be through a random, threatening phone call.
Signs of a scam
The IRS will never:
- Call and demand immediate payment using a prepaid debit card.
- Have the local law enforcement authorities arrest you.
- Demand taxes are paid without the taxpayer asking questions or having the opportunity to appeal the amount.
- Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
If you receive one of these phone calls, hang up immediately and DO NOT give them any information.
Oh, and just in case you were wondering, I did call them back. The number was disconnected!
Written By: Norma Hill