October 20, 2014

Picking up from where How to Spot an IRS Tax Phone Scams: 5 Tips (Pt. 1) left off, below, we will continue pointing out and discussing some key ways that you may be able to identify and sidestep IRS tax phone scams.

More Tips for Recognizing IRS Tax Phone Scams

Tip 3 – Beware of demands for specific forms of payment (like prepaid debit cards).

Demands for specific forms of payment and threats of bringing police to your home are two huge red flags of IRS tax phone scams.

Demands for specific forms of payment and threats of bringing police to your home are two huge red flags of IRS tax phone scams.

Another giant red flag that can indicate that you may be the subject of IRS phone scams is the demand for a specific form of payment – especially when the demanded payment is in the form of a prepaid debit card. The fact is that the IRS will never outright demand that you make a payment in only one very specific way because the IRS accepts various forms of payments (including mailed checks, credit card payments, etc.).

So, if you are talking to someone who claims to be from the IRS and this person is urging you to send a prepaid debt card to some address, be very cautious and do NOT give this person any money or personal information about yourself without digging a little deeper. In many cases, you’ll find that these types of calls are IRS tax phone scams.

Tip 4 – Don’t be frightened by threats of bringing police to your home.

While some IRS tax phone scams may try to compel you to provide your personal info and/or money by expertly faking their authority as tax officials, in other cases, these scams may try to force you to give up your sensitive info and cash by outright trying to scare you. In fact, some IRS tax phone scams may involve telling you that the “agent” on the other end of the line will be bringing local police, sheriffs or other law enforcement officials to your home unless you pay the money you “owe.”

What you should be aware of with these types of IRS tax phone scams is that the IRS will never threaten you like this (instead, the IRS usually takes actions against delinquent taxpayers like wage garnishments, liens or property seizures, and these only occur after due process). So, if you are threatened in this manner, be cautious and consider it to be a red flag of an IRS tax phone scam.

We will wrap up this discussion about IRS tax phone scams in the conclusion to this blog series that will be published soon – don’t miss it!

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