Warning Issued About IRS Phone Scam

Scam Alert graphic
Scam Alert graphic

Columbia, SC (WJBF) – With tax season underway, scammers posing as federal Internal Revenue Service (IRS) employees are calling South Carolinians in an effort to obtain money or personal information, according to South Carolina’s State Law Enforcement Division (SLED).

Officials are citizens to be aware of telephone calls coming from numbers in area codes such as 202, 804, and others in which the caller uses scare tactics and threats to get people to make a false tax payment. Scammers will also use caller ID spoofing techniques to alter the caller ID to make it appear the call is coming from a legitimate government agency. The scam artists may also copy official IRS letterhead to create emails and documents.

The IRS will not make telephone calls to threaten, demand immediate payment, require payment be made in a certain way or ask for credit card and debit card numbers over the phone.

Should taxes be owed, a payment letter will be sent. Anyone with questions whether taxes are owed may call the IRS at 800-829-1040.

Anyone receiving a telephone call from someone posing as an IRS employee, do not provide any information to the caller. Hang up immediately and contact the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration’s “IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting” website http://www.treasury.gov/tigta to report the incident. You should also report it to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) using the “FTC Complaint Assistant” at http://www.FTC.gov. Please add “IRS Telephone Scam” in the notes.

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