IDENTITY THEFT PREVENTION TIP: Don’t Fall for ‘IRS’ Scams
Don’t fall victim to scams from criminals
posing to be from the IRS (Internal Revenue Service).
Hamilton Township Mayor Kelly Yaede
wants residents to be protected from scams from criminals who want to commit
identify theft or access your financial accounts.
Unsolicited Phone Calls
If you receive an unsolicited phone
call from someone who claims to be from the IRS, the federal agency reminds
citizens of the following.
The “real” IRS will NOT:
Initiate contact with you by phone, email, text or
social media to ask for your personal or financial information.
Call you and demand immediate payment. The IRS will
not call about taxes you owe without first mailing you a bill.
Require that you pay your taxes a certain way. For
example, telling you to pay with a prepaid debit card.
Be wary if you get a phone call from someone who claims to be from the
IRS and demands that you pay immediately.
According to the IRS (https://www.irs.gov/uac/Report-Phishing),
if you receive a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS but you
suspect they are not an IRS employee, you should:
Record the employee's name, badge number, call back
number and caller ID if available.
to determine if the caller is an IRS employee with a legitimate need to contact
o If the person
calling you is an IRS
employee, you can then call back.
o If not, you can report the incident to TIGTA (Treasury Inspector General for
Tax Administration) and to the IRS at firstname.lastname@example.org
(Subject: 'IRS Phone Scam').
Phishing and Online Scams
According to the IRS, the federal
agency does not initiate
contact with taxpayers by email, text messages or social media channels to
request personal or financial information.
Similarly, the federal agency will not
use email, text messages or social media to request PIN numbers, passwords or
similar access information for credit cards, banks or other financial accounts.
Steps you can take to avoid falling
victim to various phishing (a scam typically carried out through unsolicited
email and/or websites that pose as legitimate sites and lure unsuspecting
victims to provide personal and financial information) or other online scams
are available on the following IRS website: https://www.irs.gov/uac/Report-Phishing
Virtual Neighborhood Watch
Mayor Kelly Yaede also reminds residents that through
Hamilton’s Virtual Neighborhood Watch website, you can also learn about ways to
prevent from falling victim to other types of scams.