I have been warning you for years about phony IRS telephone calls by which a scammer, posing as an IRS agent calls you and tells you that unless you send a payment immediately by wired funds, credit card, iTunes card or some other form of immediate payment that you will be sued or arrested. Sometimes, they also ask for your Social Security number over the phone which no legitimate IRS agent will do. Unfortunately although there have been many warnings about this type of scam including warnings from the IRS, they continue to be an effective scam by which scammers manage to trick people into sending them money.
Here is a link to an audio of an actual scam call from an IRS impostor (although the IRS misspells the word “impostor” on the visual that accompanies the audio) attempting to lure someone into falling for this scam.
This scam is easy to spot. The IRS will never initiate communications with a taxpayer by phone so if someone calls you purporting to be from the IRS in an initial effort to collect overdue taxes, you should hang up because it is a scam. The real IRS will always make a first contact by mail. Even if your Caller ID appears to show that the call is from the IRS, this does not mean that the call actually is from the IRS. Through a technique called “spoofing” a scammer can make the call appear to be legitimate, but it is not. The IRS will never demand payment by credit card, debit card, cash card, iTunes card or wired funds through an initial telephone call and they won’t threaten to sue you or arrest you. If you think that you may owe taxes, call the IRS at 800-829-1040 to speak to a real IRS employee. If you receive a scam call, you also may wish to report the call to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 800-366-4484.