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Phishing is a scam that is normally done through unwanted emails and/or websites that seem like they are legitimate. These emails and websites are used as bait, in order to attain victims’ personal and financial information. The IRS recommends that you report all unsolicited emails and websites that claim to be from the IRS to phishing@irs.gov.

Of late, there has been a scam targeting taxpayers throughout the entire United States. In this phone scam, callers are saying they work for the IRS, as well as using fake names and fake IRS identification badge numbers.

The fraudsters are telling their victims that they owe money to the IRS and that they must pay using a gift card or wire transfer. Many times, the caller will be hostile with victims. Some callers may even tell victims that they have a refund on their taxes; this in turn would trick victims into sharing more private information. If calls go unanswered, call back requests are then left for the victims.

Just so you know, the IRS will NEVER:

  • Call to demand immediate payment using a specific payment method such as a prepaid debit card, gift card or wire transfer. Generally, the IRS will first mail you a bill if you owe any taxes.
  • Threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.
  • Demand payment without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
  • Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.

Widget Financial highly recommends that if members receive any type of these calls, that they report them to the IRS directly. To see more guidelines from the IRS, or, if you have received any of these fraudulent calls, please visit https://www.irs.gov/privacy-disclosure/report-phishing.