The IRS Scam Epidemic: How To Protect Yourself!

Don’t laugh at this title – this is something very serious that can happen to you. Some people might be lucky to have escaped scar-free from somebody who only scammed them out of a little bit of money, but others have had devastating financial consequences of falling into somebody’s greedy little hands because they didn’t know how to tell the scammer apart from the real IRS.

You may get the impression that I am being paranoid by putting this in front of you, but it’s better to be safe than sorry with your hard earned money. Even if you never use this information, at the very least you will be well equipped to deal with similar situations in the future when somebody requests money from you out of nowhere.

There’s a detailed list found here at the official website itself, but in case you’re short on time we’ll just give you the most important details that you need to know:

1) The IRS ALWAYS mails you a bill regarding taxes before they will call you regarding it. That means if a scammer tries to call you and you have no physical bill in your possession, don’t fall for the bait!

2) The IRS WILL allow you to appeal or question the amount that they state you owe to them. If they push your buttons and insist that you cannot question their amount, it’s most likely a scammer!

3) The IRS is flexible in your payment options. Only a scammer will be extremely persistent in you using one specific form of payment, such as a prepaid debit card

4) The IRS will NEVER ask for credit or debt card numbers over the phone. If they do, it’s a scammer and you should hang up immediately

5) The IRS will NOT threaten law enforcement to arrest you for not paying. This is a scare tactic so that you will pay immediately – don’t fall for it!

 

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