The IRS does not initiate contact by email, but generally by a mailed notice or occasionally by a direct telephone call to the taxpayer.  The IRS advice is if you receive a telephone call and are concerned about the legitimacy of the call, contact the IRS at 800-829-1040 to verify the authenticity of the contact.  The purported telephone contacts seem to have several traits in common:  they come from the 530 area code but sound like they are coming in over a VOIP system, and may sound like a call center in the background.  Many of the callers have a thick accent and they are using the name "Kevin Peterson," "John Miller," or "Chris Brown."  The standard process is to request the taxpayer to confirm personal information, in some cases they are requesting copies of the Form W-2 and 1099s to verify income sources.  If they are working with a cooperating taxpayer they may then ask for bank information and credit card information.  When the taxpayer refuses to release the information, the callers are threatening the taxpayer with visits from law enforcement, bank levies, and even jail time.  The states of New Jersey, California, and Missouri seem to be the hardest hit with this scam and taxpayers have lost hundreds of thousands of dollars.


If you feel you have been the victim of this type of scam, or any of the current scams against the public, contact TIGTA at 800-366-4484 to report the contact.



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