IRS Scam Targets Random Citizens

Monday, January 29, 2018 10:12 AM

IRS Scam Targets Random Citizens and Tax Season Brings Rise in Identity Theft.

(Cocoa, FL)—Individuals impersonating IRS employees are making unsolicited and often threatening phone calls to taxpayers. It is the latest scam targeting citizens around the country and residents are advised to be aware. The Cocoa Police Department has already received several reports from citizens who have received this type of phone call. In many cases the IRS impersonator threatens to arrest the person they are calling in order to obtain money by falsely representing the victim owes back taxes. The victim is asked to send money through money order, prepaid debit cards, iTunes cards or wire transfers from their bank.

 If you receive this call, hang up immediately. Do not engage these callers. If you think you owe income tax, call the IRS directly at 1-800-366-4484.

 Another problem that escalates during tax season is identity theft. If you have been the victim of identity theft and someone has filed a tax return under your name call your local police agency and file an informational report. Also call the IRS and file an additional report including the case report number from the local agency.

  If you are a victim of identity theft, the Federal Trade Commission recommends these steps:

• File a complaint with the FTC at identitytheft.gov.

• Contact one of the three major credit bureaus to place a ‘fraud alert’ on your credit records:

o Equifax, www.Equifax.com, 800-525-6285

o Experian, www.Experian.com, 888-397-3742

o TransUnion, www.TransUnion.com, 800-680-7289

• Contact your financial institutions, and close any financial or credit accounts opened without your permission or tampered with by identity thieves.

If your SSN is compromised and you know or suspect you are a victim of tax-related identity theft, the IRS recommends these additional steps:

• Respond immediately to any IRS notice; call the number provided.

• Complete IRS Form 14039, Identity Theft Affidavit, if your e-filed return rejects because of a duplicate filing under your SSN or you are instructed to do so. Use a fillable form at IRS.gov, print, then attach the form to your return and mail according to instructions.

If you previously contacted the IRS and did not have a resolution, contact the IRS Identity Theft division for specialized assistance at 1-800-908-4490.