SLED urges caution to avoid IRS phone scam

SLED urges caution to avoid IRS phone scam

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The State Law Enforcement Division is warning South Carolinians to be wary of scammers posing as federal Internal Revenue Service employees.

Scammers are making telephone calls that appear to come from numbers in area codes such as 202, which is the area code of Washington, D.C., or 804, the code for Richmond, Virginia; and also using scare tactics and threats to get people to make a false tax payment, according to a release from the agency.

Scammers are using Caller ID spoofing techniques to alter the identification to make the call appear to be coming from a legitimate government agency, authorities say.

They may also copy official IRS letterhead to create emails or documents.

SLED says the IRS will not do the following:

  • Make telephone calls to threaten
  • Demand immediate payment
  • Require payment be made in a certain way
  • Ask for credit card or debit card numbers over the phone.

Should taxes be owed, a payment letter will be sent. Anyone with questions about verifying any communication they have received should call the IRS at (800) 829-1040.

Anyone who receives a telephone call from someone who claims to be an IRS employee should not provide any information. SLED urges people receiving such calls to immediately hang up and contact the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration's "IRS Impersonating Scam Reporting" web page at to report the incident.

You should also report it to the Federal Trade Commission using the "FTC Complaint Assistant" at Agents say you should add "IRS Telephone Scam" in the notes when reporting to the FTC.

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