BBB: Hickman woman hit by IRS scam
OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) - The Better Business Bureau says a Hickman, Nebraska, woman was recently scammed out of $500 by someone posing as an IRS official.
The BBB says the scam was part of one that has resulted in about $1 million in losses across the country.
They say someone calls, pretending to be from the IRS, and claims that you owe money and could face legal action or arrest by U.S. Marshals.
The Hickman woman received such a call, according to the BBB, and was told she owed $2,704.42 in taxes from 2006, 2007 and 2008.
She wired $500 before realizing she had been tricked.
The BBB says the IRS will never request money by phone or email.
Here are some tips from the BBB for dealing with possible scammers:
- Hang Up - Don’t provide any information over the phone. Call the IRS directly using the phone number found on their legitimate website.
- Protect Personal Information - In response to an incoming call, never give out any personal or financial information such as your Social Security number, financial information or any passwords and other identifying information.
- IRS Contacts via U.S. Mail - If a caller claiming to be an IRS agent notifies you of an outstanding tax debt, but you haven’t received official notification from the IRS through the United States Postal Service, it is most likely a scam.
- Look Out for Spoofing - Part of scammers’ sophisticated tactics include ‘spoofing,’ which happens when the caller masks their own number and causes the number of a well-known service, like the IRS, to appear on caller ID.
- Don’t give out the number on the back of a MoneyPak -Avoid requests that require you to purchase a MoneyPak and provide the card number via email or by phone.
- Treat MoneyPak cards like cash - Unlike credit cards, MoneyPak transactions can never be reversed.
- Contact the FTC - File a formal complaint with the Federal Trade Commission at www.ftc.gov/complaint. From the complaint homepage, select “Other” and then “Imposter Scams”. In the notes, include “IRS Telephone Scam”.
- If you or someone you know receives a threatening phone call claiming to be with the US government, report it to BBB by calling 800-649-6814 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.