Don’t be fooled with what may sound like a legitimate phone call.   Imagine that person on the other end of the phone is actually sitting next to you and speaking to you in person…would you believe them?    The IRS, specifically the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration issued an Alert last Friday about this.   Do you know what to do?

 

The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration issued an alert Friday warning that it has received information that callers impersonating IRS employees or the Treasury Department are demanding payments on iTunes Gift Cards.

TIGTA noted that the scam callers may also request payment of taxes on Green Dot Prepaid Cards, MoneyPak Prepaid Cards, Reloadit Prepaid Debit Cards, and other prepaid credit cards.  The alert stressed that these are fraudulent calls, and any call requesting that taxpayers place funds on an iTunes Gift Card or other prepaid cards to pay taxes and fees is an indicator of fraudulent activity.

TIGTA pointed out that no legitimate U.S. Treasury or IRS official will demand that payments via Western Union, MoneyGram, bank wire transfers or bank deposits be made into another person’s account for any debt to the IRS or Treasury

[Accounting Today, Michael Cohn, IRS Scammers Demand Payment]