Impersonating the IRS is not as uncommon as one might think. IRS impersonators are generally calculating, convincing, and overly informed regarding intimate information about their victims. They will attempt contact using a variety of methods (phone, mail, email, etc.), often armed with social security numbers, specific dollar amounts, addresses, names of family members, and other obscure statistics.
It should be common sense not to engage with anyone, by any means of communication, asking for any sort of personal information. It is sound advice to adhere to a policy of never responding to any threatening or soliciting communication from anyone claiming to be the IRS. As a general rule, the IRS will never contact someone by telephone for the first time, and will never demand immediate payment on the spot. Forbes has succinct, useful tactics that can be employed immediately to protect personal and business assets. Know your situation. Know your finances. And always be aware of possible threats to your fiscal safety.
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