1. The IRS Impersonation scam
2. Sweepstakes Scams
3. Robocalls / Unwanted phone calls
4. Computer Tech Support Schemes
5. Identity Theft
6. Grandparent Scams
7. Elder Financial Abuse
8. Grant Schemes
9. Romance Scams
10. Home Improvement Scams
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Here are tips for consumers to avoid tax-related phone scams include:
• Don’t trust threatening callers. If you receive an unexpected phone call from someone who threatens to arrest you for not paying taxes, it’s almost certainly a scam. Also, don’t trust someone who demands that you pay immediately via wire transfer or prepaid card. These are preferred payment methods for scam artists.
• Don’t respond to illegal robocalls in any way. Don’t interact with the caller, and don’t call a number left on your phone or in a message. Responding to a scam call can result in even more calls because it lets con artists know that your phone number belongs to a real person.
• Look into call-blocking options. Check with your phone carrier and third-party services to determine whether call-blocking services could help you stop unwanted calls.
U.S. Treasury or IRS impersonation scams can be reported to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at www.treasury.gov/tigta or 800-366-4484.