Scammers pretending to be IRS Agents targeting Indian Immigrants
Rahul Reddy & Sophia Asare, Attorneys at Law, Reddy & Neumann PC
A pervasive telephone scam is targeting immigrants, particularly Indian nationals, across the country. Victims are contacted by phone and email and told they owe money to the IRS and it must be paid promptly through a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer. The scammers are often able to recite the last four digits of the victims’ social security numbers. If the victim refuses to cooperate, they are then threatened with arrest, deportation or suspension of a business or driver’s license. After threatening victims with jail time or driver’s license revocation, scammers hang up and others soon call back pretending to be from the local police or DMV, and the caller ID supports their claim.
Below are the steps you should take if you receive a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS:
- If you know you owe taxes or you think you might owe taxes, call a Certified Public Accountant or an Attorney. You can even call the IRS at 1.800.829.1040. The IRS employees at that line can help you with a payment issue – if there really is such an issue.
- If you’ve been targeted by this scam, you should also contact the Federal Trade Commission and use their “FTC Complaint Assistant” at FTC.gov. Please add "IRS Telephone Scam" to the comments of your complaint.
If you have not yet received a phone call or email from someone claiming to be from the IRS, remain vigilant and be aware that:
- The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email to request personal or financial information. This includes any type of electronic communication, such as text messages and social media channels.
- The IRS also does not ask for PINs, passwords or similar confidential access information for credit card, bank or other financial accounts.
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