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IRS Phone Call Scams

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---The Somerville Police Department is receiving numerous reports from citizens regarding IRS Phone call scams. The calls indicate that there is a "lawsuit filed against you", and leaves a message for a return phone call number. Please do not call this number. Don't answer unknown phone numbers, since these might be robocalls. Do not speak or touch any buttons during the call, since this might enable more calls in the future. Lastly, report this incident to the IRS. Follow the link below provided by the IRS for more information. 


 

The following information is on the IRS.gov website:

The IRS will never:

  • Call to demand immediate payment, nor will the agency 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 don’t owe taxes, or have no reason to think that you do:

  • Do not give out any information. Hang up immediately.
  • Contact TIGTA to report the call. Use their “IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting” web page. You can also call 800-366-4484.
  • Report it to the Federal Trade Commission. Use the “FTC Complaint Assistant” on FTC.gov. Please add "IRS Telephone Scam" in the notes.

If you know you owe, or think you may owe tax:

  • Call the IRS at 800-829-1040. IRS workers can help you.

 

You are not the only one receiving these Robocalls, please help spread the word this tax season. Share the important information about IRS Scams with your family, friends and elderly neighbors. Here is an example of an IRS Phone Scam call recorded by a citizen on the news.

IRS Phone Scam Videos

Report all unsolicited email claiming to be from the IRS or an IRS related function to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

If you've experienced any monetary losses due to an IRS-related incident, please report it to the Treasury Inspector General Administration (TIGTA)

Report to TIGTA

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File a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) through their Complaint Assistant to make the information available to investigators:

File a Complaint with the FTC

Stay alert to scams that use the IRS as a lure. Tax season is peak season for these scams, make sure you are not a victim. 

 

 
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