ASK THE EDD LAWYER- WHAT IS THE IRS RECOMMENDING WHEN YOU RECEIVE FAKE IRS EMAILS AND PHONE CALLS?
By Robert S. Schriebman
This article is a companion article to number 106 concerning the latest FTB warnings on new tax scams. While the IRS is not informing us of specific scams it is giving advice on what to do when you become suspicious. As far as our own awareness here in the office with scams victimizing our clients, I can share with you a series of scams concerning “lien-chasers.” These scam artists contact people who have state and federal tax liens filed against them. Their letters and stationery come very close to looking like official EDD, FTB, and IRS letters. I follow a practice of sending these letters directly to the EDD, FTB, and IRS to let them know what these people are doing to get business. I suggest you do the same.
The IRS has recently issued a warning in its publication known as “Tax Tip” 2014-19.
Tax scams that use email and phone calls that appear to come from the IRS are common these days. These scams often use the IRS name and logo or fake websites that look real.
Scammers often send an email or call to lure victims to give up their personal and financial information. The crooks then use this information to commit identity theft or steal your money. Some call their victims to demand payment on a pre-paid debit card or by wire transfer. But the IRS will not initiate contact with you to ask for this information by phone or email.
If you get this type of ‘phishing’ email, the IRS offers this advice:
If you get an unexpected phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS:
Be alert to scams that use the IRS as a lure. The IRS will not initiate contact with you through social media or text to ask for your personal or financial information.
More information on how to report phishing or phone scams is available on IRS.gov.
An EDD lawyer, Robert Schriebman has a successful practice in the Rolling Hills Estates area of Los Angeles County serving clients throughout California and the United States.
As a trusted EDD attorney, Robert S. Schriebman has successfully dedicated more than 30 years to helping individual taxpayers, business owners, CPAs, Enrolled Agents, and tax attorneys navigate the complicated tax systems of the federal and state governments.
Robert Schriebman has written over 20 books including the major manual used nationally by practitioners and the IRS, “IRS Tax Collection Procedures – A Manual for Practitioners” published by Commerce Clearing House and the only 2 books ever published dealing with how California Employment Development Department (EDD) operates. See “California Tax Collection Practice and Procedures” and “California Taxation Practice and Procedure”, both published by Commerce Clearing House.