Phone call scams take innocents for hundreds of dollars each
The IRS is continuing to put out the alert as this phone scam is ripping off thousands of innocent taxpayers. We reported on the scam earlier, but felt that a new warning was necessary.
THE IRS WILL NEVER CALL YOU UNTIL THEY HAVE MADE SEVERAL CONTACTS BY MAIL. THE IRS WILL NEVER CONTACT YOU BY E-MAIL.
Listen below to a recording of one of these criminals attempting to get an unsuspecting target to send them some cash.
The scammers know that only a very few people will fall pray to their trap. So they call thousands of numbers hoping to just get a few to take part. They have honed their pitch to make it sound very convincing. We all get a bit tense when we are dealing with an authority like the IRS. Some folks will allow fear to overcome common sense.
That is why we try to make the situation simple. The IRS will always send you two to four letters asking you to call them before they call you. They will not threaten you, but ask how you want to pay what you owe. If you owe less than $20,000 and can make 60 equal monthly payments to fully pay your liability in five years, your best move is to call the IRS directly. For these smaller amounts, the agents are generally reasonable in trying to help you set up a payment plan.
However, if you owe more than $20,000 your smartest move is to call a tax professional like the ones at Demetriou, Montano & Associates. We can help you negotiate an acceptable payment plan or settlement. Call now at 888-987-1040 to speak with an Enrolled Agent.