Watch out for IRS impersonators

Congressman Daniel Webster

Congressman Daniel Webster

I want to make you aware of an IRS scam that we were recently alerted about. Across the country, there are numerous reports of a new IRS impersonation scam linked to the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS) in which the caller claims to be an IRS personnel and demands immediate payment through a prepaid debit card. The impersonator tells the victim about two certified letters allegedly sent to the taxpayer in the mail but returned as undeliverable. The scammer threatens arrest if the tax payment is not made through a prepaid debit card and tells the targeted taxpayer that the card is linked to the EFTPS system when it’s really controlled by the scammer. The scammer also warns the victim to not contact their tax preparer, an attorney or the local IRS office until after they have made the payment. 

If you suspect fraud is occurring, you can contact the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) at 1-800-366-4484. If you have questions or need additional assistance, please feel free to contact my Minneola office at 352-241-9220.

Congressman Daniel Webster represents The Villages in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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  1. Laurie Zacco says

    A friend of mine was almost scammed this week by someone posing as a Duke Energy representative, saying that her last two months of her commercial electric bill was not received and that her power would be shut off in an hour if she didn’t go to CVS and get prepaid cards and call him with the pin numbers!! I did a quick google search while she was gone to buy the cards and my inner voice was feeling like this wasn’t legitimate AND the CVS sales representative asked what the cards were for and told her to call Duke Energy. People who otherwise may have common sense can panic when told that their cafe will have no electricity in an hour if…..
    The sad part is these idiots get away with this stuff. We called the police, but they don’t do anything. Supposedly Duke Energy files with the police when this happens, but they just buy new phone numbers and go on to the next unsuspecting victim!!
    Be careful out there!
    😖Theresa

    • Dana Pennycamp says

      No one with common sense would fall for such a scam, another couple escapes from the cabbage patch.
      How many articles need to be on this site and news print before people wake up!
      FACT the IRS, UTILITIES do not ask fo prepaid cards for payments. Also I hope you and your friend keep records or payments?

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