Hearing from the IRS is bad enough, but being contacted by a scammer posing as the IRS is even worse, or at least just annoying and frightening. IRS scams are everywhere these days, and they take many different forms. Even sophisticated taxpayers have been fooled by these fakers, sometimes losing thousands of dollars in the process.
If you do not want to be the next victim, you need to educate yourself about how these scams originate, what forms they take and how the perpetrators prey on an inherent fear of the IRS.
Here are some warning signs to look out for when someone claiming to be from the IRS comes calling.