Coastal Bend College (CBC) recently learned that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is warning taxpayers about telephone scammers who are targeting college students and parents. The scammers are impersonating IRS representatives and demanding that students pay a fake “federal student tax”. The IRS will never call a student to demand immediate payment or ask for credit/debit card numbers over the phone.
If you do receive a suspicious call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, follow these steps from the IRS:
- Do not give out any information. Hang up immediately.
- Search the web for telephone numbers scammers leave in your voicemail asking you to call back. Some of the phone numbers may be published online and linked to criminal activity.
- Contact TIGTA to report the call. Use their “IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting” web page or call 800-366-4484.
- Report it to the Federal Trade Commission. Use the “FTC Complaint Assistant” on FTC.gov. Please add “IRS Telephone Scam” in the notes.
- If you think you might owe taxes, call the IRS directly at 800-829-1040.
For more information about the IRS Telephone Scam, please visit https://www.irs.gov/uac/irs-warns-of-back-to-school-scams.