Police in Thane, India arrested 70 people that helped manage nine call centers where 700 employees posed as Internal Revenue Service officials. This scam has haunted Americans for years.
Police said the employees of these call centers had one job: dial people in the United States, make the accusation they have not paid their taxes and threaten them with jail time if they did not pay immediately.
The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration said they have received more than 1.7 million complaints in the last three years from people reporting these fake IRS officials. More than 8,800 victims have paid more than $47 million as a result of these scams.
As you’ve read in previous blogs, 2016 IRS Tax Scams to Avoid, the IRS will never:
- Call to demand immediate payment over the phone, nor will they call about taxes owed without first having mailed you several bills.
- Call or email to verify your identity by asking for personal and financial information.
- Demand you pay taxes without the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say is owed.
- Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card.
- Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone or email.
- Threaten to immediately bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for non-payment.
We hope these phone calls will stop, however, it is important to remain vigilant and protect yourself and your personal information. If you do receive a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, it is important to follow these steps:
- Do not give out any information. Hang up immediately.
- Contact the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 1-800-366-4484 or use the “IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting” on their website.
- Report it to the Federal Trade Commission on FTC.Gov
We hope these tips help you to avoid IRS scams. If you are a business owner or individual with questions about your taxes, please call our offices at 702-870-7999.