Doctors Getting Calls from Fraudsters Posing as IRS Agents


There have been reports from California doctors about a scam involving calls from fraudsters claiming to be IRS agents or other law enforcement authorities. The scammers threaten victims with arrest, deportation, license revocation or business closure unless the individual pays the taxes they claim are owed. The callers demand payment by way of a prepaid debit card, credit card or wire transfer. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued an alert advising those targeted by the scam to report it as follows:


The FTC further advises that the IRS does not ask individuals to pay taxes with prepaid cards or wire transfers. The IRS only communicates with indiv
iduals regarding unpaid taxes via mail, never over the phone.