Tax Season (and Refund Season) is here! During this time, there may be an increase in scam attempts where the scammer will contact you by phone, sometimes mimicking the phone number of a utility, law enforcement agency, or federal agency.
Taxpayers should be aware that aggressive criminals pose as IRS agents in hopes of stealing money or personal information. The tax filing season is a prime time for phone scams because people are thinking about taxes.
Here are some tell-tale signs of a tax scam along with actions taxpayers can take if they receive a scam call.
The IRS will never:
- 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.
- Call out of the blue about an unexpected tax refund.
Taxpayers who receive these phone calls should:
Do not give any personal information over the phone and do not give them money (by way of wire transfers or purchasing retail gift cards or prepaid debit cards.)
The City of Olivette will never contact you in this manner to pay for outstanding balances or court fines and fees.
If you have questions or feel that you may have been a victim of a scam, please contact the Olivette Police Department’s non-emergency number at 314-645-3000.