There are phone scammers operating in the Jackson area. Someone calls you and tells you they are from the IRS and you owe back taxes, if you send them money they will clear your debt.
However the scammers have found a new angle to scare you with. The scammer tells you that you have committed income tax fraud and you will go to jail unless you pay a sizeable sum of money. When countered with “I have a preparer do my taxes” the scammer will tell you the preparer has been arrested for tax fraud also.
We have had several of our clients tell us they have been contacted by someone posing as an IRS agent
No one at Hawkins Accounting is under investigation by the IRS, has been arrested, or is in jail. The IRS will not contact people by phone, or email; they only contact you by mail
If you are contacted by one of these scammers get a call back number and a badge number (IRS agents identify themselves by a badge number) and then CALL THE POLICE
This is from the IRS website
Beware of Fake IRS Emails and Phone Calls
Tax scams that use email and phone calls that appear to come from the IRS are common these days. These scams often use the IRS name and logo or fake websites that look real.
Scammers often send an email or call to lure victims to give up their personal and financial information. The crooks then use this information to commit identity theft or steal your money. Some call their victims to demand payment on a pre-paid debit card or by wire transfer. But the IRS will not initiate contact with you to ask for this information by phone or email.
If you get this type of ‘phishing’ email, the IRS offers this advice:
- Don’t reply to the message.
- Don’t open any attachments or click on any links. They may have malicious code that will infect your computer.
- Don’t give out your personal or financial information.
- Forward the email to email@example.com. Then delete it.
If you get an unexpected phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS:
- Ask for a call back number and an employee badge number.
- If you think you may owe taxes, call the IRS at 800-829-1040. IRS employees can help you.
- If you don’t owe taxes or have no reason to think that you do, call the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 800-366-4484 to report the incident.
- You should also report it to the Federal Trade Commission by using their “FTC Complaint Assistant” on FTC.gov. Please add “IRS Telephone Scam” to the comments of your complaint.
Be alert to scams that use the IRS as a lure. The IRS will not initiate contact with you through social media or text to ask for your personal or financial information.
If you think your identity has been compromised here are several links to government websites with more information
Michigan Taxpayer’s Guide Identity Protection link http://www.michigan.gov/documents/taxes/TaxpayerGuideIdentifyTheft_462936_7.pdf?20150714122431
IRS Identity Protection: Prevention, Detection and Victim Assistance Link http://www.irs.gov/Individuals/Identity-Protection
The Federal Trade Commission has a Financial Protection kit financialprotection.usa.gov
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