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Posted on: August 24, 2018

IRS IMPOSTER SCAM - DON’T BE FOOLED

District Attorney Pete Weir is warning consumers to beware of the IRS Imposter scam. While these scams are not new to the metro Denver area, the DA’s Office is  seeing an uptick in consumer calls about this, and similar, scams. There may be slight variations in the scams, but generally consumers receive telephone calls, voicemails, or emails from individuals saying they are with the IRS and that there is problem with the consumer’s tax account. Callers may threaten a lawsuit, law enforcement, Treasury, or other enforcement action. In a variation on this, caller merely threatens legal or criminal action if certain demands for money or information are not met.

These scammers may be “phishing” for your personal and financial information, or they may demand some form of payment. Often the calls are made by computerized voices

Do not be misled. This is a scam. The IRS will never contact a taxpayer by telephone regarding their tax account.  Consumers should hang up and not return the call. In addition, law enforcement or other government agencies will not contact you by phone or email with threats or demands. Payment, or your personal or financial information, provided to scammers cannot be recovered; often there is nothing that law enforcement can do.

“Scammers may employ threats in their attempts to convince consumers that this is an urgent matter and that they must act immediately,” said Weir. “We encourage consumers not to react. When in doubt, always call your local DA or law enforcement agency for more information.”

Should consumers receive one of these calls, we recommend they get more information before they act. Helpful recommendations and resources include:

  • Your local District Attorney’s Office, or the First Judicial District Attorney’s fraud hotline 303-271-6980;
  • Call the IRS at 800-829-1040 or the Treasury Inspector General at 800-366-4484 to alert the IRS of this scam. Helpful IRS resources are available at www.irs.gov and www.tiga.gov;
  • Forward any suspicious emails to [email protected];
  • Don’t open any attachments or click on any links in emails;
  • File a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission at ftc.gov/complaint.

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