Tired of seeing innocent American taxpayers hurt by con artists, the Internal Revenue Service issued an IRS consumer scam alert at the end of August on the IRS.gov website. The stated goal of the alert is to provide taxpayers with additional tips to protect themselves from telephone con artists. These con artists are calling American taxpayers and pretending to be with the IRS in order to obtain payments and identity theft information.
IRS Commissioner John Koskinen Issues IRS Consumer Scam Alert
IRS Commissioner John Koskinen described his disgust with this practice that is becoming more and more prevalent: “These telephone scams are being seen in every part of the country, and we urge people not to be deceived by these threatening phone calls. We have formal processes in place for people with tax issues. The IRS respects taxpayer rights, and these angry, shake-down calls are not how we do business.”