Consumers Receive Threatening Phone Calls From Fake "IRS Agents"

October 07, 2013

Columbus, Georgia – October 7, 2013 – BBB has received several complaints from consumers who received phone calls from scammers pretending to be IRS agents. The callers state that the person owes money and that they will get arrested if they refuse to pay.

This is simply another scam. Please be aware that the IRS will not call you to collect any outstanding balances you may have with the agency. The IRS corresponds via USPS only (snail mail.)

If you receive a phone call such as this, BBB advises you to: 

  • Hang up immediately
  • Do not push any buttons
  • Do not send any payments
  • Do not provide any personal information such as name, date of birth, SSN, bank account number, etc.
  • Do not try to call the number back
  • Please be aware that even if your Caller ID states “IRS” that is not the case; scammers often use devices that allow them to spoof any number
  • If you have already made a payment, contact your local police department.


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