Saturday, April 4, 2015

Watch out for Phone Scams as the Tax Deadline Approaches

With just over a week to go before the tax deadline, local officials are warning about IRS Phone Scams

Mahanoy City just announced this week that the borough reported receiving calls

We have been getting multiple calls from residents, mainly our elderly population reporting attempted phone scams. There are 2 main ones at this point. The first is caller claiming to be from the IRS and threatening a lawsuit for back taxes owed. The second is claiming that a prise was won and money is needed for insurance or bond before they can mail a check.
I urge everyone not to give out any personal information or send money to anyone who calls you on the phone without checking it out completely. The IRS will not call and demand money without sending you a letter first. 

The phone numbers that have been reported to us from these scam calls are: 347-305-6110, 202-580-8082, 202-810-8082,
202-810-1082, 202-810-1194, 800-538-1712

Names used have been Paul Moore (claiming to be an officer and even providing a badge number), Jake Freedman, & Adam Berstein.

Below are some ways to help identify phone scams and what you should do


WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service issued a consumer alert today providing taxpayers with additional tips to protect themselves from telephone scam artists calling and pretending to be with the IRS.

These callers may demand money or may say you have a refund due and try to trick you into sharing private information. These con artists can sound convincing when they call. They may know a lot about you, and they usually alter the caller ID to make it look like the IRS is calling. They use fake names and bogus IRS identification badge numbers. If you don’t answer, they often leave an “urgent” callback request.

“These telephone scams are being seen in every part of the country, and we urge people not to be deceived by these threatening phone calls,” IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said. “We have formal processes in place for people with tax issues. The IRS respects taxpayer rights, and these angry, shake-down calls are not how we do business.”

The IRS reminds people that they can know pretty easily when a supposed IRS caller is a fake. Here are five things the scammers often do but the IRS will not do. Any one of these five things is a tell-tale sign of a scam. The IRS will never:
  • Call to demand immediate payment, nor will we call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill..
  • Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
  • Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card.
  • Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
  • Threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.
If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS and asking for money, here’s what you should do:
  • If you know you owe taxes or think you might owe, call the IRS at 1.800.829.1040. The IRS workers can help you with a payment issue.
  • If you know you don’t owe taxes or have no reason to believe that you do, report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) at 1.800.366.4484 or at
  • You can file a complaint using the FTC Complaint Assistant; choose “Other” and then “Imposter Scams.” If the complaint involves someone impersonating the IRS, include the words “IRS Telephone Scam” in the notes.
Remember, too, the IRS does not use unsolicited email, text messages or any social media to discuss your personal tax issue. For more information on reporting tax scams, go to and type “scam” in the search box.

Additional information about tax scams are available on IRS social media sites, including YouTube and Tumblr where people can search “scam” to find all the scam-related posts.

Information posted from IRS Press Release (August 2014)

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