The U.S. Department of the Treasury Inspector General for Taxpayer Administration warns that criminals posing as IRS officials are calling people claiming they owe taxes. The caller demands a pre-paid debit card, a wire transfer or a credit card number for payment. The caller warns that if the person doesn’t comply, the IRS will arrest or deport the person, or seize their driver’s license or business.
Thousands of people across the country lost money to these tax scam artists. A number of South Barrington residents reported receiving these calls.
Here are some ways you can help to identify these scam artists:
Don’t be fooled if your caller-ID shows the IRS is calling. It is not difficult for criminals to alter their caller-ID information
Don’t be fooled by a second call claiming to be the police or Department of Motor Vehicles, again with altered caller-ID information
To protect yourself from imposters claiming to be from the IRS:
Don’t provide account information or othe personal information over the phone. Just hang up
Never wire money to a person or company you don’t know. Once the wire transfer is complete, you can’t get your money back
If you might owe federal taxes, call the IRS at 800-829-1040. IRS workers will answer your questions. You also can visit the IRS website at irs.gov.
If you’ve already paid your taxes, report the incident to Department of the Treasury at 800-366-4484.
If you receive suspicious emails on IRS matters, forward them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Do not open any attachments or click on any links in those emails. This may allow criminals access to your computer.
File a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission at ftc.gov/complaint. Include “IRS Telephone Scam" in your complaint.
Village of South Barrington 30 S Barrington Road South Barrington, IL 60010 Village Hall Office Hours: 8 am - 4 pm 847.381.7510 / Fax 847.381.0024 / email@example.com Police Dept Office Hours: 8 am - 4 pm 847.381.7511 / Fax 847.381.0929 / firstname.lastname@example.org