IRS warns against phone scammers targeting parents and students

DENVER – The IRS is warning parents and students against telephone scammers targeting them this back-to-school season.

The IRS says scammers are targeting parents and students and demanding payments for non-existent taxes such as the “Federal Student Tax.”

“Although variations of the IRS impersonation scam continue year-round, they tend to peak when scammers find prime opportunities to strike”, said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. “As students and parents enter the new school year, they should remain alert to bogus calls, including those demanding fake tax payments from students.”

The IRS warns that scammers use a variety of tactics to target potential victims, including altering the caller ID to make it seem like it’s the IRS or another agency is calling.

It is important to remember the IRS will never call to demand immediate payment using a specific payment method. Generally, the IRS will first mail you a bill if you owe any taxes.

They will also not threaten to immediately bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested, demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe, or ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.