July 17, 2024

![IRS](https://investmentshoax.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/06/irs-300×200.png)*The IRS is going paperless by 2025. (Source: AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)*

JACKSON, Miss. – IRS today alerted the increasing prospect of scams that are targeting the older Mississippi population and others across America. These scams advocates are disguising to be governmental officials, stealing classified personal data and finance.

“Seniors are frequently targeted through emails, text messages, or phone calls by scammers pretending to be IRS agents or official representatives of other agencies. A collaborative approach between various agencies and stakeholders can enhance preventive measures” said IRS Commissioner Danny Werfel.

This endeavor extends the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day actions happening this week, an annual event since June 15, 2006, to highlight issues faced by vulnerable elderly adults.

In partnership with state tax agencies and the tax professional community, IRS has been working through its [Security Summit](https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/security-summit) to protect against frauds as such since 2015.

Understanding the Threats

Fraudsters are increasingly scheming to target elderly individuals posing as IRS officials. They pressure victims into making dubious payments, triggering false issues or refunds.

Several tactics include acting as credible government agencies, fabricating urgent situations, demanding instant actions, or insisting unconventional payment methods like cryptocurrency, gift cards, or wire transfers.

Scam Precautions and Reporting

If you receive a questionable call from someone claiming to be from IRS and haven’t received a mail notification, hang up. It could possibly be a scam.

Don’t trace the call through the caller’s number or caller ID. For clarification, direct reach to IRS at [800-829-1040](http://tel:800-829-1040/), or for the hearing impaired, TTY/TDD [800-829-4059](http://tel:800-829-4059/).

Rampant electronic scams are another concern. Note IRS doesn’t reach through email, text or social media for tax bills or refunds.

Report scam calls or electronic scams [here](https://www.tigta.gov/reportcrime-misconduct) or call [800-366-4484](http://tel:800-366-4484/).

Remember IRS doesn’t demand immediate payment through pre-paid debit cards, gift cards or wire transfers, won’t threaten to involve local police, doesn’t demand payment before dispute or asking credit, debit or gift cards over the phone.

What to do when you are a victim of elder Fraud?

Contact the National Elder Fraud Hotline at 833-FRAUD-11 (833-372-8311) introduced by the Department of Justice in March 2020 to aid elderly American victims. The hotline functions 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday to Friday. Service available in English, Spanish, and additional languages.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I report a potential scam?

You can report a potential scam through the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration’s (TIGTA) hotline or the online IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting Form. Alternatively, call TIGTA at [800-366-4484](http://tel:800-366-4484/).

Can I verify if the IRS is genuinely contacting me?

You can verify legitimate IRS communication by directly contacting the IRS customer service at [800-829-1040](http://tel:800-829-1040/), or for the hearing impaired, at TTY/TDD [800-829-4059](http://tel:800-829-4059/), never using the number given by the unsolicited caller.

What precautions should be taken to avoid becoming a victim of IRS impersonation scams?

Firstly, initiate contact with the IRS only through their official website or hotline. Secondly, remember that the IRS does not demand immediate payment — especially not by gift cards, wire transfer or cryptocurrency. Lastly, the IRS does not initiate contact by email, SMS, or social media.