Avoiding Phone Scams

NEWTON, NC (Sept. 27, 2016) - Many residents are receiving phone calls that are part of an aggressive and sophisticated phone scam.

Callers claim to be employees of the IRS, but they are not. These con artists can sound convincing when they call. Victims are told they owe money to the IRS that must be paid immediately. In many cases, the caller becomes hostile and insulting.

If the phone isn't answered, the scammers often leave an “urgent” callback request.

Note that the IRS will never:

1) Call to demand immediate payment, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill.

2) Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.

3) Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card.

4) Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.

5) Threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.