PROVO, Utah (ABC 4 Utah)- The Provo Police Department said Friday it has received numerous reports of citizens receiving phone calls believed to be from the IRS.
The initial phone calls were reportedly coming in the early morning and all seemed to be a recording.
A woman on the recording identifies herself as an employee of the IRS and informs them that a lawsuit was being filed against them, police said. An hour or two later, a second call is made. This time being from an actual person requesting personal information.
This is a scam.
According to their official website, the real IRS will not:
- Initiate contact with you by phone, email, text or social media to ask for your personal or financial information.
- Call you and demand immediate payment. The IRS will not call about taxes you owe without first mailing you a bill.
- Require that you pay your taxes a certain way. For example, telling you to pay with a prepaid debit card.
- Be wary if you get a phone call from someone who claims to be from the IRS and demands that you pay immediately. Here are some steps you can take to avoid and stop these scams.
If you have any questions on the validity of a phone call you receive claiming to be from the IRS here's what you should do:
If you don’t owe taxes or have no reason to think that you do:
- Contact the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. Use TIGTA’s “IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting” web page to report the incident.
- You should also report it to the Federal Trade Commission. Use the “FTC Complaint Assistant” on FTC.gov. Please add "IRS Telephone Scam" to the comments of your report.
If you think you may owe taxes:
- Ask for a call back number and an employee badge number.
- Call the IRS at 800-829-1040. IRS employees can help you.
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