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IRS Impostor Was Top Scam In 2016

Complaints to the Federal Trade Commission about IRS imposter scams have shot up over the last year and was ranked as the Top Scam of 2016. 


Here’s what happens: You get a call from a scammer pretending to be with the IRS, saying you’ll be arrested if you don’t pay taxes you owe right now. You’re told to wire it or put it on a prepaid debit card. They might threaten to deport you or say you’ll lose your driver’s license. Some even know your Social Security number, and they fake caller ID so you think it really is the IRS calling.


But it’s all a lie. If you send the money, it’s gone.


If you get a call from someone claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service:


  • Don’t give the caller information such as your financial or other personal information.
  • Write down details such as the number and name of the caller.
  • Hang up!
  • Contact the IRS directly!  If you’re worried the call is real, contact the IRS directly at 800-829-1040 or go to
  • Report the call by filing a complaint with:
    • The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA0 at or 800-366-4484.
    • The Federal Trade Commission at or 877-FTC-HELP.
  • Warn friends and family!  Tell people you know that these calls are scams.