Scam Alert: Telephone Calls from the “IRS”

We have received reports from several seniors in the Western New York area who have received calls from an individual fraudulently claiming to be an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) representative. The caller will typically say that money is owed for a tax obligation and/or that the IRS is filing a lawsuit against the person. They will often demand immediate payment. Please be aware that the IRS has issued an alert regarding these phone scams, and the IRS website informs the public of the following:

“Additionally, it is important for taxpayers to know that the IRS:

  • Never asks for credit card, debit card or prepaid card information over the telephone.
  • Never insists that taxpayers use a specific payment method to pay tax obligations
  • Never requests immediate payment over the telephone and will not take enforcement action immediately following a phone conversation. Taxpayers usually receive prior notification of IRS enforcement action involving IRS tax liens or levies.”

The IRS recommends that if you receive one of these calls and think that you may owe taxes, you should hang up and contact the IRS directly at 1-800-829-1040 to determine whether there is a real issue. If you know that you have received an “IRS” phone call that is a scam, you can report the incident to the IRS at phishing@irs.gov . A complaint may also be filed with the FTC through their Complaint Assistant.

If you or a senior that you know is a victim of one of these scams, and has experienced any monetary losses, you can contact our office at 716-853-3087 for assistance.

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