The US Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) announced on Tuesday, May 24, 2016, that five arrests were made in response to a massive IRS phone scam. These scammers impersonate IRS agents, threatening of arrest via phone calls to get money from victims by falsely claiming they owe back taxes or other fees.
These thieves tell innocent victims they would arrest them if they did not make a payment immediately. Innocent victims are pushed and persuaded to wire money, utilizing MoneyGram or other wire services.
The Inspector General stated:
“These arrests indicate that TIGTA is making significant progress in our investigation of the IRS impersonation scam that continues to sweep the country, resulting in reported taxpayer losses of more than $36 million, averaging more than $5,700 in losses per taxpayer. The scammers are relentless and so are we,” he added. “Our investigators will not rest until we have brought each individual involved to justice.”
It is important to note that the IRS will never call demanding an immediate payment, or request that you use a specific payment method (i.e. prepaid debit car or wire transfer).
If you get a call from a scammer, you can call the Treasury Inspector General’s for Tax Administration at 800-366-4484 to file an IRS Impersonation Scam Report.
And if you do owe back taxes and need expert tax resolution support in any of the New England states, call our office at (855) 479-2400 so we can explain your options.