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The Consumer Staff has received phone calls from the general public concerning people claiming to be with the Internal Revenue Service. The callers usually demand immediate payment of money and threaten the Consumer will be placed in jail, lose their driver's license, or have paychecks garnished. The latest twist includes asking Consumers to pay the money with prepaid debit cards or wire transfers.

The Internal Revenue Service and the US Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) have warned Consumers to be wary of these types of calls.

  1. The Internal Revenue Service contacts people by mail, not by phone about unpaid taxes.
  2. The Internal Revemue Service will not ask for payment using a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer.
  3. The Internal Revenue Service will not ask for a credit card number over the phone.

If you receive one of these calls, you may file a report with the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration on their website at Once there, click on the box titiled IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting. The report can be completed online.






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