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Hoover, Alabama 35216
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Nicholas C. Derzis, Chief of Police

Contact: Officer Brian Hale

March, 15 2017

Tax Season is here: be aware of the IRS phone scam

Tax season is here. Be aware of the “IRS scam” that might be making the rounds. Some of these phone scams involve an actual person calling and claiming to be with the IRS. The person sounds very official, even giving an “agent ID number” and call back information. This example, starts with a Robocall, a computer generated voice which claims that the IRS has filed a lawsuit against you. To get more information on your “case file”, they give a phone number to call back. (DO NOT call the number back!)

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Here are some things to remember regarding these types of scams. This information is directly from the IRS’s website. The real IRS will not:

Initiate contact with you by phone, email, text or social media to ask for your personal or financial information.

Call you and demand immediate payment. The IRS will not call about taxes you owe without first mailing you a bill.

Require that you pay your taxes a certain way. For example, telling you to pay with a prepaid debit card.

If you think you may owe taxes, or want to verify your status, hang up the phone and YOU call the IRS at 800-829-1040. IRS employees can help you.

If you receive a call like this, the IRS wants to know about it. To see more tips from the IRS regarding scams, visit the IRS Website.

Be sure to sure with family and friends!