The Federal Trade Commission’s Consumer Sentinel project reports that the most common type of fraud in 2016 was impostor scams, costing consumers $744.5 million in total – an average of just under $1,125 per victim. And chief among this type of fraud is IRS scams – an issue that increases as more and more Americans prepare their tax returns.
Many IRS scams involve fake calls, texts, or emails claiming money is owed to the federal government. Some of these calls even threaten immediate legal action if funds are not provided via debit card or electronic check while the “agent” is still on the phone. It is important to remember that the IRS makes all initial contact through US mail. Official IRS correspondence will provide a case number and a contact number for questions. If you question the validity of an IRS communication, call your local office and verify its authenticity. IRS agents will never demand payment over the phone or insist that personal information be provided before ending a call.
IRS scams are different from IRS fraud, but both are serious issues that can result in financial damages. If you have knowledge of IRS fraud, our anti-fraud attorneys can help. Please contact us online to schedule a free consultation and learn more.
The AntiFraud Law Group is located in Newport News, Virginia. We accept cases from all areas of the United States. If you are in need of an anti-fraud attorney, please call 757-223-4536 to schedule a free consultation and learn how we can help.