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How to spot scammers who pretend to be IRS officials to get you to send them money.


Scam artists are pretending to be IRS officials to get your money. They'll call, email, or text you claiming you owe back taxes or there's a problem with your tax return. They even rig caller ID to make their call look official. They play on your fears. They threatened to take your driver's license or sue, arrest, or deport you. They want you to pay, fast.

What's the truth? The truth is the IRS's first contact with you will always be a letter in the mail. It's not a phone call, email, or text message. They won't insist that you pay with a prepaid debit card, a wire transfers, or cashier's check. Now you know. Has an IRS impostor contacted you? Report it at

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