IRS PHONE SCAMS REMAIN A SERIOUS THREAT
Aggressive and threatening phone calls by criminals impersonating IRS agents remain a major threat to taxpayers. Here are some things the scammers often do but the IRS will not do. Any one of these five things is a tell-tale sign of a scam. The IRS will never:
Call to demand immediate payment using a specific payment method such as a prepaid debit card, gift card or wire transfer. Generally, the IRS will first mail a bill to any taxpayer who owes taxes.
Threaten to immediately bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have the taxpayer arrested for not paying.
Demand that taxes be paid without giving the taxpayer the opportunity to question or appeal the amount owed.
Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
ENROLL FOR TEXT ALERTS
Now, Instant Debit Card alerts allow you to monitor your debit card spending. After enrolling for text alerts, any time you use your debit card, you will automatically receive a text alert.* Example: “Your debit card ending in XXXX was authorized for $XX.XX at Store ID (wherever you have used it). Available balance is $XXX.XX. Text ‘STOP’ to end.”
Simply phone Customer Service at 405-789-1110 to enroll in text alerts for the cell phone number of your choice. We will tie that phone number to your debit card &/or account and you will immediately get alerts whenever you use your debit card. You will always know when your card is used!
*Participating carriers include AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, Boost, Virgin Mobile, MetroPCS, Alltel AWCC, Cricket, Google Voice, and U.S. Cellular. Debit card alerts will not work on pre-paid phones or phone cards, as those usually do not accommodate text messaging. There are no bank charges; however, normal charges from phone carrier apply.