Phone Scam Alert:
Fake Certified Letters
Taxpayers should be aware of the
most recent scam linked to the Electronic Federal Tax Payment
System (EFTPS), where fraudsters call to demand an immediate
tax payment through a prepaid debit card.
In the latest twist, the scammer claims to be from the IRS and
tells the victim about two certified letters
purportedly sent to the taxpayer in the mail but returned as
The scam artist
then threatens arrest if a payment is not made through a
prepaid debit card. The scammer also tells the victim that the
card is linked to the EFTPS system when, in fact, it is
entirely controlled by the scammer. The victim is also warned
not to contact their tax preparer, an attorney or their local
IRS office until after the tax payment is made.
EFTPS is an automated system for paying federal taxes
electronically using the Internet or by phone using the EFTPS
Voice Response System. EFTPS is offered free by the U.S.
Department of Treasury and does not require the purchase of a
prepaid debit card. Since EFTPS is an automated system,
taxpayers won't receive a call from the IRS. In addition,
taxpayers have several options for paying a real tax bill and
are not required to use a specific one.
The IRS does not use email, text messages or social media to
discuss personal tax issues, such as those involving bills or
refunds. If you receive such as phone call, do not give out
any information. Hang up immediately and contact the Treasury
Inspector General for Tax Administration to report the call.
Use their IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting web page.
800-366-4484. You should also report it to the Federal Trade
Commission. Use the FTC Complaint Assistant on FTC.gov. Please
add "IRS Telephone Scam" in the notes.
Tell Tale Signs of a Scam:
The IRS (and its authorized private collection agencies) will
Call to demand immediate payment using a specific payment
method such as a prepaid debit card, gift card or wire
transfer. The IRS does not use these methods for tax payments.
Generally, the IRS will first mail a bill to any taxpayer who
owes taxes. All tax payments should only be made payable to
the U.S. Treasury and checks should never be made payable to
Threaten to immediately bring in local police or other
law-enforcement groups to have the taxpayer arrested for not
Demand that taxes be paid without giving the taxpayer the
opportunity to question or appeal the amount owed.
Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
For more information about scams, visit the "Tax Scams and
Consumer Alerts" page on IRS.gov. If you believe you've been a
victim of a phone scam, don't hesitate to call the office for
If you have any questions about IRS notices, don't hesitate to call. Help is just a phone call away at
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