With identity theft on the rise, Citizens Building & Loan wants to make sure you are aware of the growing problem of IRS impostors.
This latest breed of tax scammers is armed with identity theft information such as your name, address, social security number, etc. These sneaky criminals phone people, pretend they are from the IRS seeking immediate funds via credit cards, debit cards or wire transfers.
They seem legitimate because they might know all or part of your social security number, and they often are able to rig caller ID to make it look like the IRS is calling. They recite the reasons why you owe the IRS money and tell you to put the money on a prepaid debit card and tell them the card number.
Fact: The IRS won’t ever ask you to pay with prepaid debit cards or wire transfers, or a credit card number over the phone.
If the IRS needs to contact you, they will first do so by mail.
The IRS does not start contact with a taxpayer by phone or by sending an email, text or social media message that asks for personal or financial information. If you get an email that claims to be from the IRS, do not reply or click on any links. Instead, forward it to [email protected] If you have any doubts, call the IRS directly toll free 800-908-4490.
• Citizens Building & Loan, at 229 Trade Street, has been serving the mortgage lending and savings needs of Greer and the surrounding communities since 1907. For more information visit CB&LGreer.com.