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Receiving A Phone Call From The IRS? Beware Of Scammers!

Falling victim to an IRS impersonation scam can be a terrifying and costly experience. Scammers, preying on fear and confusion, use sophisticated tactics to trick individuals into handing over personal information and money. But fear not, taxpayers! By understanding how the IRS actually communicates and what red flags to watch out for, you can stay safe and protect yourself from these fraudulent schemes.

Understanding IRS Communication Channels

The IRS has established ways to reach taxpayers, and deviating from these methods is often a telltale sign of a scam. Here’s how the IRS typically interacts:

  • Mail: The IRS will usually initiate contact through official mailed notices or letters. These documents are sent via the U.S. Postal Service and will contain detailed information about your tax situation, including any outstanding balances or discrepancies.
  • Phone Calls: While the IRS may call you, it’s usually after an initial mailed notice. They won’t leave pre-recorded messages or threaten immediate arrest. If you receive a suspicious call claiming to be from the IRS, it’s best to hang up and call the official IRS number (800-829-1040) directly to verify its legitimacy.

Watch the video below to gain valuable insights into recognizing legitimate IRS communication and protecting yourself from scams.

Red Flags of IRS Scams

Scammers often employ tactics that create urgency and fear. Be wary of any communication, regardless of format, that exhibits the following red flags:

  • Threats and intimidation: The IRS will never threaten arrest or legal action over the phone. If they need to discuss a serious issue, they will do so through official channels like mailed notices or in-person meetings.
  • Demanding immediate payment: The IRS will not demand immediate payment, especially over the phone or through unconventional methods like gift cards or wire transfers. They will always offer various payment options and provide clear instructions.
  • Suspicious email or text messages: The IRS does not initiate contact through email or text messages to request personal or financial information. Be cautious of phishing emails with IRS logos or threatening language.
  • Requesting personal information: The IRS will rarely ask for sensitive information like Social Security numbers or bank account details over the phone. If unsure, always err on the side of caution and verify the contact’s legitimacy through official channels.


By staying informed about the IRS’s communication methods and recognizing red flags of impersonation scams, you can navigate the tax season with confidence. Remember, if you’re ever unsure about a contact’s legitimacy, don’t hesitate to reach out to the IRS directly or seek professional assistance from a trusted accountant or tax advisor. Stay vigilant, stay informed, and stay safe from fraudulent schemes.

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