A number of Arkansans have reported telephone calls from purported Internal Revenue Service (IRS) agents demanding the consumer pay back taxes immediately to avoid being arrested.
These con artists sometimes alter the display of your caller ID to make the call seem more legitimate. Beware as these calls can sound authentic and convincing.
Remember that no government entity, including the IRS, will ask for your personal financial information through an unsolicited phone call or email.
Consumers should know the IRS will not do the following:
- Contact you in regards to payment or taxes without having mailed a letter to you first.
- Demand payment on taxes without allowing opportunity for question or appeal.
- Require a specific method of payment for taxes, such as a prepaid debit card or a wire transfer.
- Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
- Threaten to contact local police or other law enforcement to have you arrested for the absence of payment.
What should I do if I receive a bogus IRS call? Helpful options are as follows:
- Contact the IRS at (800) 829-1040.
- Report the call to the U.S. Treasury’s Inspector General for Tax Administration at (800) 366-4484.
- Report the call to the Federal Trade Commission at FTC.gov.