Police Warn of IRS Scam Calls for Tricities Area
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.
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.
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.
Require Specific Payment Method
The IRS will never ask you to pay with a prepaid visa card or gift cards.
Credit Card Numbers
The IRS will never ask for your credit card number over the phone for payment. Never.
The IRS will never threaten to have local law enforcement come and arrest you. They are trying to scare you into being a victim.