Imagine getting a phone call from someone who has the last four digits of your Social Security Number and who says they are contacting you about a tax debt.
This is the latest scam targeted at innocent taxpayers. It’s pretty sophisticated, as reported by The Los Angeles Times and other publications–the scammers are able to follow up with fake IRS emails and include fake names and fake IRS employee badge numbers.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it here: The IRS almost always begins any contact with taxpayers through the good old-fashioned U.S. Mail. “Rest assured, we do not and will not ask for credit card numbers over the phone, nor request a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer,” says IRS Acting Commissioner Danny Werfel. “If someone unexpectedly calls claiming to be from the IRS and threatens police arrest, deportation or license revocation if you don’t pay immediately, that is a sign that it really isn’t the IRS calling.”
For more details on this fraud, you can check out the IRS’s own notification here .