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IRS Warns of Scams & Advice re Credit Cards

Dear Friends:

The IRS in 2016 renewed its warning that citizens need to be diligent when it comes to responding to telephone and email “requests” for payment from people claiming to represent the IRS. There are several signs of IRS phone scams: The IRS will never:

1. call to demand immediate payment, nor will it call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill;

2. demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe;

3. require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card;

4. ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone; or

5. threaten to bring in police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.

Regarding credit cards: If you receive a call regarding your credit card, do not provide any information to the caller. Call back to the number on the back of your card or on your statement. If there is an issue, the credit card company will put you in touch with the appropriate department.

In all cases, carefully and promptly review your credit card statements. If something does not look right, call the credit card company. Frequently, people intending to make unauthorized charges will engage in small transactions hoping they go unnoticed. Then, they will try something larger. If you do not recognize a merchant, call the credit card company. If you do not recognize a charge, even with a known merchant, call the credit card company too.

Be careful & please advise family and friends of this.

Importantly, seniors are especially vulnerable to these scams so please advise and watch out for them too.

I hope this helps.

All the best,

Lena

 

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