When I checked my phone messages recently I had a very disturbing voicemail message. The caller claimed to be from the IRS and aggressively said that I needed to make an immediate payment. Fortunately, I was aware of this scam and disregarded the message. Please consider this IRS scam warning for seniors and share with your elderly loved ones.
Basically, fraudsters are posing as IRS agents and asking for an immediate tax payment. With the tax filing deadline quickly approaching, this scam is very prevalent right now. According to a recent CNN Money article, the IRS has been contacted nearly 300,000 times about this scam.
Please remind your senior loved ones not to give out banking information over the phone. The scammers are very savvy and persistent. If the IRS needs to contact you, the first correspondence will be through the U.S. mail, not a phone call.
As reported on Connecticut News 8 WTNH, here are some things the scammers often do, but the IRS will never do.
- Scammers call and demand immediate payment. The IRS will not call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill.
- The IRS will not demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
- The IRS won’t require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card.
- The IRS won’t ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone or threaten to have you arrested for not paying.
For additional information directly from the IRS regarding tax scams, click here.
Unfortunately, seniors and the disabled are often targeted for this type of scam. Assisted Living Services wants to ensure that our seniors are aware of this scam. Please let me or any one from our team know if you have concerns.