Wednesday, October 29, 2014

FW: IRS Phone Scam Alert

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Don't fall victim to a widely used phone scam.

The scam starts with a phone call from a so called "IRS agent" demanding payment for back taxes. They will say that if not paid you will be arrested, your home will be taken away, or the FBI is waiting outside your house and many other ways to try to scare and intimidate you. If you also try to say you want to get your son/daughter, accountant, financial advisor, attorney on the phone they will say that you will be arrested because the phone call is private.

 PLEASE UNDERSTAND THIS IS A SCAM AND THIS IS NOT HOW THE IRS WORKS!

The IRS does not initiate with a phone call to try to collect taxes from an individual. It always starts with a letter. Please do not fall for these con artists who are preying on the elderly, widowed or anyone they can get on the phone. If you receive any call of this nature we suggest you hang up immediately and either contact the IRS directly through the number listed on their website, www.irs.gov, and/or contact your accountant. You can also contact your local police department to notify them about the call.

Please pass this along to all friends and family as it is something that is now running rampant across the country. We have attached a link to the IRS website that discusses how this scam works:

http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/IRS-Warns-of-Pervasive-Telephone-Scam



 

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