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New Twist to an Old IRS Phone Scam

The IRS issued another warning about the phone scam that is still going around, the scammers have updated their call tactics in an attempt to fool the person receiving the call. The scammers are still demanding an immediate tax payment (which doesn’t really exist) using a prepaid debit card but they are saying it is now linked to the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS). EFTPS is the system that taxpayers use to make electronic tax payments to the IRS. EFTPS does not require you to use a prepaid debit card.

The scammers are also claiming that you were sent two IRS certified letters that were returned to them as undeliverable to try to fool you. They have not changed their threats though, they still claim you will be arrested if you don’t pay them. They also warn you not to call your accountant, attorney or local IRS office until after the payment is made.

So basically it appears the scammers have done their homework and are learning the IRS lingo and collection steps. They know the IRS will always send a letter before calling so they claim that the letters have already been sent but don’t let this line fool you, stay aware of the scam.

If you receive one of these calls from someone claiming to be from the IRS and threatening to arrest you, you should make sure not to give them any information and hang up immediately. You should then contact the Treasury Inspector at 800-366-4484.

Please contact your tax advisor on all the above information.

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