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  • Dan
    Dan
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    Wow there are a lot of ways they try to scam you. It would be hard to know if it was a scammer or the actual IRS calling you even if it was legit! Usually, they tend to leave something that seems a little odd, though. I think the best thing to do is anytime you get a call to Google the number and you can get instant feedback on that number. If it’s actually from the IRS you should be able to find it.

  • roamy
    roamy
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    Hello Steve
    Reading your post on scams and scammers just made me laugh at how we can sometimes be caught off guard or be plain stupid.
    Anyone who has ever paid income tax I will think should be wise enough to know that the IRS will never ask anyone to pay through gift cards.(your line of reading the gift card barcode to scammers made me really laugh)I`d think that anyone will be able to tell something is wrong there.
    I think scams are still very active because people affected are sometimes shocked and too ashamed at having been so stupid that they do not report the matter.One will think, “ok I was stupid, but they only took $100,$200 or whatever so I have to accept the loss” and this keeps the scammers in business, a few hundred here and there is all they need.
    This is how I justified it when I got scammed online, I could not believe I had been st stupid and felt too ashamed to mention it to anyone,I just accepted my loss but thinking of it now, accepting such a defeat is what keep these guys in business.
    Really informative, thanks for sharing.

    • Steve Razinski
      Steve RazinskiFounder

      A lot of these scams tend to target the elderly as well who just don’t know any better. They can also be extremely aggressive. People fear the IRS and now you have a guy claiming to work for them threatening to take away your house and you do what they say. It’s really unfortunate.

  • Marvin Nguyen
    Marvin Nguyen
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    Steve,
    I’ve been concerned about these IRS scam for awhile due to its scheme getting more sophisticated these days.
    On Youtube, there’s a few guys who posted their videos of spotting the scammers and they try to waste the scammers’ time as much as possible. Usually those scammers ask for Target Gift Card or any kind of other store card.
    However, it’s getting more common that a few of these scammers get a way to even use money order, scamming people to send these money orders to a central location and collect the money later.
    Thanks for the informative post !

  • Derick
    Derick
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    Great info. This is something that people should take serious because scammers are getting better and better at this stuff.
    As technology grows, so do the people who try to take advantage of it.
    Don’t ever give out any personal information over the phone.
    This was a good read, prior to finishing up my taxes.
    Thanks.

    • Steve Razinski
      Steve RazinskiFounder

      Glad to help Derick!

  • NemiraB
    NemiraB
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    I heard few stories how scammers convinced people who do not talk in a proper English well to give them money for fake services.

    Sometimes scammers look for people who do not have documents and are illegally in the country.

    You are right that IRS never calls. Usually IRS sends a letter. Here people can find a reason why somebody from IRS wants to hear from the particular person.

    All the best, Nemira.

    • Steve Razinski
      Steve RazinskiFounder

      Right, if the IRS wants to reach you, they will mail you a letter. You can always call them yourself and ask them to verify any documents you may have received.

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