3Rivers Blog

Beware of IRS Phone Scams

Posted on Friday, February 5, 2016

Many people in the area, including 3Rivers members and employees, have been receiving suspicious phone calls over the last several days from scammers claiming to be from the IRS. In most cases, the scammers will claim that you owe bogus debts and threaten to take extreme actions, such as freezing your account or pressing legal charges, if you don't pay up.

IRS Tax Scam Alert | Image source: Shutterstock.com / Photographer: Karen Roach

If you receive a call of this nature, DO NOT provide any personal information! Contact from the IRS will come to you in the form of a letter, NOT by phone call.

Helpful Resources

2016 Tax Scams: You can learn more about this most recent scam, and others to watch out for during tax season, in this WANE 15 article.

Fraud Protection: To learn more about protecting yourself from fraud, and about the actions you should take if you fall victim, check out our Fraud Protection page.

Internal Revenue Service (IRS): If you need to contact the IRS to verify that you're in good standing, or for any other assistance, visit their Telephone Assistance Page.

Better Business Bureau (BBB): The BBB encourages those who have received fraudulent calls to report them so they can assist the Federal Trade Commission in pursuing the scammers.