Warning about fake ADOR and IRS phone call scam

ADOR urging taxpayers to report scam phone calls

According to the Alabama Department of Revenue, there's a current phone scam with people claiming to work for the ADOR or IRS.

It's urging callers to report these when they happen and not to give payment information over the phone.

In this scam, callers will claim to represent the ADOR, IRS, or other government agencies and threaten arrest or court action of a debt is not paid.They may also offer large refunds or say that letters were returned undeliverable.

If the ADOR or IRS have a legitimate reason to contact a taxpayer, they'll do so by mail. They will not make phone calls demanding immediate payment via a debit card or other specific methods, or to threaten arrest for non-payment.

The ADOR says that it will not:

- Call to demand immediate payment, nor call about taxes owed without making multiple attempts to contact the taxpayer by mail.
- Demand that someone pay taxes without offering the opportunity to question or appeal the amount claimed to be owed.
- Require taxpayers to use a specific payment method for taxes, such as a prepaid debit card.
- Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
- Threaten immediate arrest over the phone of taxpayers for not paying.

Taxpayers who get calls that include any of these or other attempts to force payment or solicit personally identifiable information should:

- NOT give out any information;
- Hang up immediately; and
- Call the Alabama Department of Revenue at 251-344-4737.


To learn more about IRS-related scams, visit https://www.irs.gov/uac/tax-scams-consumer-alerts.




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