April 15th has come and gone and scammers are out to take advantage of another tax season gone by. One intricate scam that has been moving across the country involves an individual supposedly calling from the IRS and saying that there is something wrong with the taxes paid for this previous year. The individual is noted as often being very difficult to understand, but often provides an IRS badge number and, at times, even the last four digits of the person's SSN. The call comes in showing on the Caller ID as being from the IRS and the person on the other end of the line says that if they are not paid immediately with either a wire transfer or a pre-paid debit card that repercussions will follow without delay. These repercussions include deportation for non-citizens, arrest, liens, and a variety of other threats. Often this phone call is followed up by someone calling from the local police or DMV (also scams with Caller IDs to match).
The IRS has issued a statement warning taxpayers to be wary of these calls and states that if a person receives a call such as this, it is not the IRS and they should contact the IRS at their number to follow up.
For more information on how to avoid scams like these, check out the BiggerPockets article here.