During the holiday season, taxpayers should be aware of gift card scams thieves commonly use this time of year. Con artists will target taxpayers by asking them to pay a fake tax bill with gift cards. They may also use a compromised email account to send emails requesting gift card purchases for friends, family or co-workers.
This scam is easy to avoid if taxpayers remember that the IRS never asks for or accepts gift cards as payment for a tax bill.
Here's how this scam usually happens:
Here's how taxpayers can tell if it's really the IRS calling. The IRS will never:
Any taxpayer who believes they've been targeted by a scammer should:
Report threatening or harassing telephone calls claiming to be from the IRS to firstname.lastname@example.org. People should include "IRS phone scam" in the subject line
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