The IRS is asking Americans to watch out for an old phone scam that’s regaining popularity.
According to KING5, scammers are calling up people and claiming that their tax payment to the IRS hasn’t gone through. After claiming to have sent two certified warning letters, they demand payment via a pre-paid debit card over the phone.
“This is a new twist to an old scam,” IRS Commissioner John Koskinen says. “Just because tax season is over, scams and schemes do not take the summer off. People should stay vigilant against IRS-impersonation scams. People should remember that the first contact they receive from IRS will not be through a random, threatening phone call.”
As a reminder, no government entity will ever threaten or demand immediate payment over the phone. If you get a call like this, the best thing to do is hang up and report the number to the IRS.