The 2020 federal income tax filing due date for individuals has been extended from April 15 to May 17, 2021. It’s a good time to remind taxpayers to be vigilant of common IRS impersonation scams frequently targeting the elderly, students, and immigrants that escalate during tax season.
In IRS agent phone scams, fraudsters provide false names and IDs and spoof Caller ID so their calls appear to come from the IRS. Victims are threatened that they owe the IRS money and must pay up immediately.
Sometimes a fake agent tells the victim she owes delinquent taxes and demands immediate payment by prepaid debit or gift card or wire transfer. The “agent” threatens that nonpayment will result in arrest, deportation, fines, license suspension