IRS Phone Scam Making Its Rounds In The Area

AVILLA – You may have or will receive a telephone call from a local number saying that the IRS is filing a lawsuit against you unless you call another number that they will give to you and provide them with personal information.

This is a recorded message. Do not give them any information, this is a scam.

According to the Internal Revenue Service, if you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, here’s what you should do:

  • If you know you owe taxes or you think you might owe taxes, call the IRS at 1.800.829.1040. The IRS employees at that line can help you with a payment issue, if there really is such an issue.
  • If you know you don’t owe taxes or have no reason to think that you owe any taxes (for example, you’ve never received a bill or the caller made some bogus threats as described above), then call and report the incident to TIGTA at 1.800.366.4484.
  • You can file a complaint using the FTC Complaint Assistant; choose “Other” and then “Imposter Scams.” If the complaint involves someone impersonating the IRS, include the words “IRS Telephone Scam” in the notes.

 

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