From the Chief's Desk
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TIP OF THE MONTH
With tax season upon us, the Internal Revenue Service is again warning taxpayers to remain vigilant for phishing emails and telephone scams.
The IRS and its Security Summit partners – the state tax agencies and the tax industry – urge taxpayers to remain alert to tax scams year-round, especially immediately after the tax filing season ends. Even after the April deadline passes, the tax scam season doesn’t end.
While many of the scams are variations on a theme and tend to evolve over time, taxpayers should be on the lookout for any attempt to get them to disclose personal information like Social Security numbers, account information or passwords. If in doubt, don’t give it out. Those receiving such calls should hang up and initiate correspondence with the agency that is purportedly inquiring about their account using a well-known phone number or email address. Clicking on links provided in emails or calling back unfamiliar phone numbers is not recommended.
The IRS does not call and leave pre-recorded, urgent messages asking for a call back. The victim is typically told if they do not call back, a warrant will be issued for their arrest. Other variations may include threat of other law-enforcement agency intervention, deportation or revocation of licenses.
Criminals can fake or “spoof” caller ID numbers to appear to be anywhere in the country, including from an IRS office. This prevents taxpayers from being able to verify the true call number. Fraudsters also have spoofed local sheriff’s offices, state Department of Motor Vehicles, federal agencies and others to convince taxpayers the call is legitimate.
The IRS does not contact anyone by phone, email or text to request information or payment. IRS will never contact you to ask you to wire money or purchase pre-paid debit cards to make a tax payment by email.
Some good news, in 2015, almost 700,000 taxpayers reported being a victim of tax ID Theft. In 2018, that was down to 242,000. Tax related identity theft occurs when someone uses your stolen Social Security Number (SSN) to file a tax return claiming a fraudulent refund.
See the Lemont website under Lemont Police Department, Crime Prevention Information, Community Safeguards, Identity Theft for more tips on Identity Theft prevention and tools.
Examples of Scams: you receive an Email notification to update your IRS e-file and the link to a fake website that looks like the IRS website; IRS impersonator calls and requests personal information, sometimes becoming quite demanding and belligerent on the phone, threatening jail or deportation. The caller may know a lot of information about you. Another scam happens when a caller (IRS impersonator) asks for your Credit Card information in order to load your refund onto the Credit Card, then will use your CC information to charge items.
The IRS (and its authorized private collection agencies) will never:
- - Call to demand immediate payment using a specific payment method such as a prepaid debit card, gift card or wire transfer. The IRS does not use these methods for tax payments. Generally, the IRS will first mail a bill to any taxpayer who owes taxes. All tax payments should only be made payable to the U.S. Treasury and checks should never be made payable to third parties.
- - Threaten to immediately bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have the taxpayer arrested for not paying.
- - Demand that taxes be paid without giving the taxpayer the opportunity to question or appeal the amount owed.
- - Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
For anyone who doesn’t owe taxes and has no reason to think they do:
- - Do not give out any information. Hang up immediately.
- - Contact the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration to report the call. Use their IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting web page.
- - Report the caller ID and/or callback number to the IRS by sending it to email@example.com (Subject: IRS Phone Scam).
- - Report it to the Federal Trade Commission. Use the FTC Complaint Assistant on FTC.gov. Add “IRS Telephone Scam” in the notes.
For more information, please see the Village of Lemont website, Police Department, Crime Prevention Information, Community Safeguards