Beware of emerging scams fraudsters are using to get ahold of your tax rebate and stimulus relief dollars.

The Warning

You will not receive $1,200.00 when you give the person your bank account number and routing number. Hang up.

You should never give your private information like social security numbers, and bank account and routing numbers, to anyone who calls you on the phone. It’s a scam 100% of the time.

The IRS maintains a list of tax scams, which you can see here.

The IRS Will Not:

  • Deport a person.
  • Call to demand immediate payment using a specific payment method such as a prepaid debit card, gift card or wire transfer. Generally, the IRS will first mail a bill to any taxpayer who owes taxes.
  • Threaten to immediately bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have the taxpayer arrested for not paying.
  • Demand that taxes be paid without giving taxpayers the opportunity to question or appeal the amount owed.
  • Request payment be made to any place other than the US Treasury.
  • Ask for credit or debit card numbers, or bank account information, over the phone.
  • Call you about an unexpected refund.

The IRS May Do:

  • Personal Visits. If an IRS representative visits you, he or she will always provide two forms of official credentials called a pocket commission and a HSPD-12 card. HSPD-12 is a government-wide standard for secure and reliable forms of identification for federal employees and contractors. You have the right to see these credentials. And if you would like to verify information on the representative’s HSPD-12 card, the representative will provide you with a dedicated IRS telephone number for verifying the information and confirming their identity.
  • Collection Activity. Send written notices and statements. In rare cases, IRS collection employees may call or come to a home or business unannounced to collect a tax debt. They will not demand that you make an immediate payment to a source other than the U.S. Treasury.
  • Audits. IRS employees conducting audits may call taxpayers to set up appointments or to discuss items with the taxpayers, but not without having first attempted to notify them by mail. After mailing an official notification of an audit, an auditor/tax examiner may call to discuss items pertaining to the audit.

If you Feel Like You’re Being Scammed:

Contact the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration to report a phone scam. Use their “IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting” web page. You can also call 800-366-4484.