The phone rings. The caller says they are from the Internal Revenue Service and they claim you owe taxes and must submit payment through a wire transfer or prepaid debit card. Or you receive an email supposedly from the IRS asking you to share your bank account, credit card or Social Security number. What should you do? Don’t Fall Victim to Phony IRS Requests. First, keep in mind that the IRS does not correspond via email. Also, the IRS will never call to demand immediate payment or ask for a credit card or bank account number, nor will they call about taxes owed without first mailing a bill and giving you a chance to respond.
The sad truth is that many scammers pretend to be IRS agents as part of identity theft or other criminal activity. If you receive a surprising or suspicious communication purportedly from the IRS, we would urge you to call us immediately. We can help you identify a bogus request for information and work with you to respond to a legitimate IRS contact. You can also call the IRS directly at 800-829-1040 to verify any communication you receive.