Kennewick police are warning the community that they have been getting calls about a phone IRS scam on their Facebook page. Citizens are reporting that they are receiving supposed phone calls from the IRS to pay fake fines immediately or face consequences. Here are 5 things the IRS DOES NOT DO, to help tell if you are being scammed.

  • 1

    Contact You by Phone First

    The IRS will not contact you by phone first. They will mail an official notice and estimate before they ever call you.

  • 2

    Demand You Pay without Appeal

    The IRS will always allow you to challenge or appeal the amount they say you owe before they make you pay.

  • 3

    Require Specific Payment Method

    The IRS will never ask you to pay with a prepaid visa card or gift cards.

  • 4

    Credit Card Numbers

    The IRS will never ask for your credit card number over the phone for payment. Never.

  • 5

    Threaten Arrest

    The IRS will never threaten to have local law enforcement come and arrest you. They are trying to scare you into being a victim.