Imposters Want Your Tax Return

By Diane M. Loeffler

 

You worked hard for your money for so many years. You are a law-abiding, tax-paying citizen. The IRS calls you. You panic. Who wouldn’t? Do not be taken in by these slick imposters.

 

The IRS will never, ever initiate a contact with you by phone.

Their first contact will always be by mail.

 

Don’t let the caller ID fool you either. They can be faked to show any location and any name, company or agency. The caller might know part of your social security number. They may give you a call back number or transfer you to someone they say is their supervisor or supposedly has a title of IRS lawyer or something else important sounding. These other people are all part of the scam operation. They might even be in the same room. Remember, this is not how the IRS conducts their business.

These scammers like to be paid by prepaid debit cards, because once they have the numbers, there is no way the cards can be traced. This means that there is no way that you can be reimbursed.

If you have been scammed, call Deputy Merry or his assistant, Michelle, at 813-242-5515 or call the Federal Trade Commission at 877-382-4357 (877-FTC-HELP) or 866-653-4261. You can also go online to “ftc.gov/complaint”. Your complaints help keep others safe.

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