Released by IRS on March 14, 2016

Scam-Alert_FB-300x247 Released by IRS on March 14, 2016  “Aggressive and threatening phone calls by criminals impersonating  IRS agents remain a major threat to taxpayers, but now the IRS is receiving new reports of scammers calling under the guise of verifying tax return information over the phone.

The latest variation being seen in the last few weeks tries to play off the current tax season. Scam artists call saying they have your tax return, and they just need to verify a  few details to process your return.  The scam tries to get you to give  up personal information  such as a Social Security  number or personal financial information, such as bank numbers or credit cards.

“These schemes continue to adapt and evolve in an attempt  to catch people  off guard just as they are preparing their tax returns,” said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. “Don’t be fooled.  The IRS won’t be calling you out of the blue asking you to  verify your  personal tax information  or aggressively threatening you to make an immediate payment.”