AUDIO: Residents Again hit with the “IRS is Filing Lawsuit Against You” Scam; Tips

scam alertLakewood residents this week are once again reporting to TLS about a scam phone call coming from the alleged “IRS”, threatening them with a lawsuit – or even arrest – unless payment is made.

Here are five things the scammers often do but the IRS will not do.

The IRS will not:

** Call to demand immediate payment, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill.

** Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.

** Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card.

** Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.

** Threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.

If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS and asking for money, here’s what you should do:

If you know you owe taxes or think you might owe, call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040. The IRS workers can help you with a payment issue.

If you know you don’t owe taxes or have no reason to believe that you do, report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) at 1-800-366-4484 or report it online at the IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting Page.

If you’ve been targeted by this scam, also contact the Federal Trade Commission and use their FTC Complaint Assistant at If the complaint involves someone impersonating the IRS, include the words “IRS Telephone Scam” in the notes.

Remember, too, the IRS does not use email, text messages or any social media to discuss your personal tax issue involving bills or refunds. For more information on reporting tax scams, go to and type “scam” in the search box.



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  1. i receive two such a person knowledgebal about these scams,i was not scared when they called me..they claimed i owed the irs a tremendous amount of money/needed to pay their way,that couldn’t be traced/there would be a warrent issued if i didn’t cooperate/and finally,i could not tell anyone i was making the payment…how ridiculous! b’h,i was wise enough to know how stop them from harassing me..i called my telephone provider,who put a block on their number.your points are absolutely correct.and the fact i was not supposed to tell someone,was ludicrous,the irs doen not operate like that..finally,people should warn their older parents about this scam and the “windows” scam that tries to disable your computer.thanks for posting this criminal act.

  2. i received a call from someone claiming to be from the irs and he told me my house would be taken away and i told him no problem its not mine. if you listen to what they say without panicing usually you can catch them on some information they have wrong. but keep warning ppl because if not a person can be really scared. i knew at that time that the irs cannot call and will always send a letter it was pretty scary phone call. so keep up the good work on letting the people know.

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