Scammers Target Courtney Home with IRS Impersonation Calls
March 24, 2015
WASHINGTON—Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-2) today warned Connecticut residents to be wary of a phone scam in which scammers impersonate Internal Revenue Service (IRS) agents demanding payment of owed taxes. This week, Congressman Courtney and his wife, Audrey, received two of these calls at home.
“I often hear about scams targeting my constituents, with criminals seeking personal and financial information by pretending to be Medicare or Social Security representatives,” Courtney said. “So, while I was not surprised that my wife, Audrey and I received two of these calls at our house, I was taken aback by the threatening content and tone the caller used—claiming that criminal arrest was imminent if we did not comply with their outlandish claims.”
“I am urging all Connecticut residents to remember that the IRS will never call to demand payment immediately, call without having mailed a bill first, or demand credit or debit card information over the phone. Be on alert for callers who ask you to provide account information, your Social Security number, or who demand immediate payment, and report the call to the FTC and the Treasury Department.”
• If you know you owe taxes or think you might owe, call the IRS at 800-829-1040 to talk about payment options. You also may be able to set up a payment plan online at IRS.gov.
• If you know you don’t owe taxes or have no reason to believe that you do, report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) at 1.800.366.4484 or at www.tigta.gov.
• If phone scammers target you, also contact the Federal Trade Commission at https://www.FTC.gov. Use their “FTC Complaint Assistant” to report the scam. Please add “IRS Telephone Scam” to the comments of your complaint.