(WASHINGTON) — The Internal Revenue Service reiterated its warning about phone scams to taxpayers on Wednesday.
The agency says the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration has, to date, identified more than 1,000 victims who have lost about $5 million from these types of scams.
“There are clear warning signs about these scams, which continue at high levels throughout the nation,” IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said in a statement. “Taxpayers should remember their first contact with the IRS will not be a call from out of the blue, but through official correspondence sent through the mail.”
“A big red flag for these scams are angry, threatening calls from people who say they are from the IRS and urging immediate payment,” Koskinen continued. “This is not how we operate. People should hang up immediately and contact TIGTA or the IRS.”
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