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On any given week, I receive 3-4 voicemail messages from what appears to be someone impersonating the IRS. Has this happened to you? They leave a message saying I need to pay an outstanding amount immediately or be subject to legal troubles. I had thought this was a rare occurrence until I read an advisory from the Naval Submarine Base New London’s Facebook page on determining if the IRS is really calling you. Seems many others are being contacted like me and some have fallen victim to this scam.


Below is key information to know when determining if the IRS is really calling you. According to their website, the IRS Does Not:

  • 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.
  • Demand that you pay taxes without the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe. You should also be advised of your rights as a taxpayer.
  • Threaten to bring in local police, immigration officers or other law-enforcement to have you arrested for not paying. The IRS also cannot revoke your driver’s license, business licenses, or immigration status. Threats like these are common tactics scam artists use to trick victims into buying into their schemes.

To help protect yourself from giving out your personal information or money to fraudsters, check out the full details here on the IRS website.


Keep these four tips from USAA in mind to help keep your identity and money safe from scammers:


  • As mentioned, beware of phishing scams by email, text or phone. Scammers may try to solicit sensitive information by impersonating the IRS. Know that the IRS will not contact you by email, text or social media. If the IRS needs information, they will contact you by mail first.  
  • USAA will never contact you asking for your personal information. Be vigilant with suspicious emails or calls and report them accordingly. 
  • USAA is committed to protect your security and our team monitors accounts and fights fraud 24/7. 
  • We are stronger together. Consumers need to partner with their financial institution in monitoring accounts, responding to alerts and leveraging the strongest authentication options to access their accounts. 

Unfortunately, scammers are everywhere, this is not exclusive to the IRS. Fraudulent messages can come under the guise of many legitimate businesses. NEVER provide personal data without following up with the company.You can read more about how USAA is committed to keeping your information safe here. You can also send any suspect emails to Be vigilant and let’s stop scammers in their tracks!


What is your tip for keeping personal information safe from fraudsters? Share in the comments.


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