PSA: Talk to Your Grandparents About Phone Tax Scams ASAP
Tax season is in full swing, which means tax scams are in full swing. The
Here's the alert from the IRS :
...the IRS reminds seniors to remain alert to aggressive and threatening phone calls by criminals impersonating IRS agents. The callers claim to be IRS employees, but are not. These con artists can sound convincing when they call. They use fake names and bogus IRS identification badge numbers. They may know a lot about their targets, and they usually alter the caller ID to make it look like the IRS is calling...If the phone isn't answered, the phone scammers often leave an "urgent" call-back request.
The scammers might also claim you have a refund in the works, then ask for personal, identifiable information. If you get a phone call, text or email you suspect is a scam, call the IRS directly at 1.800.829.1040 to see if you actually owe anything (the IRS will never ask you for credit card info over the phone, though). If it is indeed a scam, you can report it to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 1.800.366.4484.