The IRS phone scam. Keep yourself from being tricked. Here are some tips to stay safe.
While it may seem obvious, here goes: Never, ever give out personal financial information — such as Social Security numbers or credit card and bank account numbers and passwords — to anyone who calls you claiming to be from the IRS.
To that point, the IRS reminds taxpayers that they can know quite easily when a supposed IRS caller is a fake. Here are five things the scammers often do but the IRS will never do. Any one of these five things is a telltale sign of a scam. The IRS will never:
1. Call to demand immediate payment, nor will it call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill.
2. Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
3. Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card.
4. Ask for credit- or debit-card numbers over the phone.
5. Threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.