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IRS Scammers Demanding Gift Cards

FAS Forensic Accounting Services gift card scamsThe Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration [TIGTA] warned Tuesday about a new twist in the IRS impersonation scam, with scammers and fraudsters pretending to be Internal Revenue Service employees demanding taxpayers send them tax payments not only on iTunes gift , but on other types of gift cards as well.

TIGTA issued an alert in April saying it has received information that callers impersonating IRS employees or the Treasury Department are demanding payments on iTunes gift cards.

In addition to gift cards, TIGTA said the scammers may also request payment of taxes on Green Dot Prepaid Cards, MoneyPak Prepaid Cards, Reloadit Prepaid Debit Cards, and other prepaid credit cards. It reiterated that these ARE fraudulent calls.

“As a reminder, any call requesting that taxpayers place funds on an iTunes Gift Card or other gift cards to pay taxes and fees is an indicator of fraudulent activity!” said the alert. “No legitimate United States Treasury or IRS official will demand that payments via Western Union, MoneyGram, bank wire transfers, or bank deposits be made into another person’s account for any debt to the IRS or Treasury. Hang up on these fraudulent callers and go to the TIGTA scam reporting page to report the call.”

TIGTA has also posted videos warning taxpayers to beware of the scam.

Never give out social security numbers, dates of birth, or any other private or financial information to someone whose identity is in question. The IRS will always send taxpayers a written notification of any tax due via the U.S. mail and will never ask for credit card, debit card or prepaid card information over the phone. If there is any doubt, call the IRS official hot line at 800-829-1040 or 800-829-4059 (TDD for the hearing impaired).

Washington, D.C. (June 14, 2016) By Michael Cohn

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