Those in the North Texas area have been put on alert this month as a rolling IRS tax scam continues to extort millions of dollars from the pockets of thousands Americans. As of earlier this month, it has been estimated that more than 300,000 people have been targeted by the hoax and that more than $14 million has been sent to these fraudulent individuals.
The Scoop on the Scam
The scam involves a robocall from a group which claims to be the Internal Revenue Service. The message continues to state that the individual receiving the phone call is having a lawsuit filed against them, and that the individual must then phone their department at a certain telephone number.
Those who phone the number will then be asked by someone on the other end of the line for their telephone number in order to pull up an individual’s supposed case file.
Get It in Writing
There are a number of glaring signs that this phone call is a scam:
- The individual answering your call typically requests your phone number in order to pull up your account. The IRS accesses taxpayer accounts with a Social Security number, not a phone number.
- The individual on the other end may have difficulty with the English language.
- It is clear that the individual on the other end is in a call center environment, with many other voices in the background.
With the resurgence of this scam in Texas, the IRS has issued two key reminders for us all:
- The IRS will never issue a phone call should you be in any kind of tax trouble. They will notify in you in writing
- Anyone facing a lawsuit will be notified in writing
What to Do If You Receive a Letter
If you have received what you believe to be a legitimate letter from the IRS, you do not need to fight the battle alone. Your best option is to contact an attorney who specializes in tax law. The Scammahorn Law Firm has handled tax litigation for nearly two decades.
Scott Scammahorn provides counsel and guidance to those who are facing a number of tax-related issues, such as property seizures, IRS audits, and past due tax returns and tax payments. While your case is pending, we have the ability to stop the IRS from seizing your assets and garnishing your bank account.
We welcome your contact today, to discuss how we can help you with your case at (903) 595-1000.