ALERT - IRS issues repeat warning of massive, sophisticated phone scam

In a recent news release, the IRS has again warned of telephone scams that have been ongoing for several months. The Treasury Inspector General for Taxpayer Administration (TIGTA), which has received reports of over 20,000 of the fake IRS calls, is warning taxpayers to be on the alert.

According to IRS, potential victims receive phone calls from individuals who claim to be IRS employees and threaten the victim with arrest, deportation or loss of a business or driver’s license. The IRS emphasized that it always sends taxpayers a written notification of any tax due via the U.S. mail and that it never asks for credit card, debit card, or prepaid card information over the phone.

If you get a call like this hang up without giving any personal information, and:

• If you do not owe federal taxes, report the incident to the TIGTA hotline at 1-800-366-4484.

• If you do owe federal taxes, you can give us a call (205-802-7575), or call the IRS at its official number (1-800-829-1040).

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