“Robo-call” messages continue to be popular this year. Scammers leave pre-recorded messages asking for a call back, and that if you do not call back, a warrant will be issued for your arrest. If you choose to not call back, the scammer demands that you make immediate payment by prepaid debit card or by wire transfer.
Finally, due to the IRS starting to send letters to a small group of taxpayers stating that their overdue federal tax accounts were being assigned to a private-sector collection agency, scammers have started posing as private collection firms. The real firms will ONLY be calling about a tax debt the person has been aware of for years. The IRS would have previously contacted these taxpayers about their tax debt. It will not be a surprise. Be aware, that there are only four collection agencies currently working with the IRS. They will assign cases to these private collection agencies:
CBE P.O. Box 2217 Waterloo, IA 50704 1-800-910-5837
ConServe P.O. Box 307 Fairport, NY 14450-0307 1-844-853-4875
Performant P.O. Box 9045 Pleasanton CA 94566-9045 1-844-807-9367
Pioneer PO Box 500 Horseheads, NY 14845 1-800-448-3531
These scams all revolve around phone calls, whereas the IRS primarily communicates through mail. If the IRS does call you, make sure they are one of the four collection agencies, and they are talking about a known tax debt. If you have received a letter from the IRS and need help dealing with them, feel free to give us a call. We will tell you exactly where you stand with the IRS and the options available to you.