If the IRS Calls … Hang Up!
I first heard about this scam from my CPA colleague Peter Montgomery who made an amusing tale out of call he received from a woman claiming to be an IRS agent. According to the linked article, this is a very sophisticated operation and thousands of individuals have been duped.
“The IRS doesn’t call people up out of the blue,” says the article and the IRS.
Timothy Camus, a Treasury deputy inspector general for tax administration, explained to the AP, “If someone calls unexpectedly claiming to be from the IRS with aggressive threats if you do not pay immediately, it is a scam artist calling.”
If you do get a call that you suspect to be a scam, hang up the phone right away, and then report the incident at the taxpayer administration hotline (800-366-4484).