Scammers have a new ploy in their arsenal of tricks to separate taxpayers from their hard-earned money.
In this latest version of the phone scam, a caller claims that the IRS has sent two certified letters to the taxpayer that have been returned as undeliverable. The scammer then demands immediate tax payment through a prepaid debit card that they say is linked to the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS). And the caller threatens arrest if the payment is not made immediately. The scammer also tells the taxpayer not to contact their tax preparer, attorney or the local IRS office until after the payment is made.
EFTPS allows taxpayers to make federal tax payments electronically online or by phone. It is a free service and does not require the purchase of a prepaid debit card.
There are several clues that should alert the taxpayer that this is a scam. The IRS:
If you receive a call like this, the advice from the IRS is: Just Hang Up.
They also encourage taxpayers to report scams. For more information about this latest scheme and how to report a scam if you’ve gotten a call, you can read the IRS notice. If you have any questions about taxes you may owe, you can contact the IRS at 800-829-1040, or view your tax account information online.
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