WILBRAHAM, Mass. (WWLP) – The Wilbraham Police Department has gotten an overwhelming amount of phone calls related to an IRS scheme.
The Wilbraham Police Department posted to their Facebook page that you should call the IRS scheme number, 1-800-366-4484, unless you are a victim of a crime.
The IRS issued a consumer alert on Thursday providing taxpayers with additional tips to protect themselves from telephone scheme artists calling and pretending to be the IRS.
These callers may demand money or may say you have a refund due and try to trick you into sharing private information. They can sound convincing when they call. They may know a lot about you, and they usually alter the caller ID to make it look like the IRS is calling.
The callers use fake names and bogus IRS identification badge numbers. If you don’t answer, they often leave an “urgent” callback request.
“These telephone schemes are being seen in every part of the country, and we urge people not to be deceived by these threatening phone calls,” IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said. “We have formal processes in place for people with tax issues. The IRS respects taxpayer rights, and these angry, shake-down calls are not how we do business.”
Here is five things that schemers will often do, but the IRS will never do:
- Call to demand immediate payment, nor will they call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill
- Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe
- Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card
- Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone
- Threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.
If you know you owe taxes, or think you might owe, call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040 and the IRS worker can help you with a payment issue.
If you know you don’t know owe taxes, or have no reason to believe that you do, report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at the IRS scheme number or at www.tigta.gov.
The IRS does not use unsolicited email, text messages, or any social media to discuss your personal taxes.