Today’s post is real simple:
If you get a phone call from someone claiming to represent the IRS, informing you of all the trouble you’re in due to unpaid taxes, you are almost definitely dealing with a scammer.
If the next thing they tell you is “don’t tell anyone” and “go load up a bunch of MoneyPak cards and call me back and give me the card information,” you are DEFINITELY, without any shadow of a doubt, dealing with a scammer.
The correct response is to hang up the phone. This latest round of IRS telephone scams appears to involve particularly aggressive callers, but remember: it’s just a voice on a phone. They can’t freeze your assets or confiscate your property because they’re not the IRS.
You can report the fraud at http://www.treasury.gov/tigta/ if you feel like it, but the main thing is: hang up the phone.