The phone rings. The caller says they are from the Internal Revenue Service and they claim you owe taxes and must submit payment through a wire transfer or prepaid debit card. Or you receive an email supposedly from the IRS asking you to share your bank account, credit card or Social Security number. What should you do?
The sad truth is that many scammers pretend to be IRS agents as part of identity theft or other criminal activity. If you receive a surprising or suspicious communication purportedly from the IRS, we would urge you to call them immediately. They can help you identify a bogus request for information and work with you to respond to a legitimate IRS contact. You can call them directly at 800-829-1040 to verify any communication you receive and we strongly recommend that you do so. You can also visit www.irs.gov for more information.
Has your identity been compromised? Read our white paper on what to do (including a checklist of action items) if your identity is stolen: http://dh-cpa.com/client_media/files/pdf/Identity-Theft-When-Its-Been-Stolen.pdf.