[Important] IRS Fraud Alert
Scam Alert: IRS Urges Taxpayers to Watch Out for Erroneous Refunds; Beware of Fake Calls to Return Money to a Collection Agency
The IRS has issued a warning of multiple versions of a scam happening in mass volume right now. According to the IRS website:
“In one version of the scam, criminals posing as debt collection agency officials acting on behalf of the IRS contacted the taxpayers to say a refund was deposited in error, and they asked the taxpayers to forward the money to their collection agency.
In another version, the taxpayer who received the erroneous refund gets an automated call with a recorded voice saying he is from the IRS and threatens the taxpayer with criminal fraud charges, an arrest warrant and a “blacklisting” of their Social Security Number. The recorded voice gives the taxpayer a case number and a telephone number to call to return the refund.”
Another version of the scam involved a false tax return under your social security number and claiming any refund money. If you file and your receive an error saying a tax return has already been filed on your behalf, you should fill out the Identity Theft Affidavit form on the IRS website.
Be aware that the IRS will never demand payment over the phone. Stay alert and stay safe.