JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Revenue has recently received complaints about a phone call scam targeting Missourians in which the caller falsely states that they are with the IRS. Nia Ray, Director of the Revenue Department, urges Missourians to guard against these scams.
“Tax scams are increasingly becoming more sophisticated and harder for citizens to identify, especially when the call appears to be from a legitimate government phone number,” Director Ray said. “We encourage any Missourian who receives these calls to refuse these scam artists’ request for information, and report these calls to the Attorney General’s office.”
According to complaints, the callers fraudulently claim to be with the IRS and claim the citizen owes a tax debt to the IRS. The caller threatens that the IRS has a warrant for the citizen’s arrest if the tax debt is not paid. The scammers use a spoofed caller-ID that may feature a legitimate Department of Revenue phone number to disguise their true identity. These types of calls are scam calls, and citizens should not provide any information to these types of callers.
The Department offers the following tips to citizens to protect themselves:
- The IRS and other legitimate government agencies will not exert high-pressure tactics to try to scare you into paying, such as threatening to have you arrested or to report you to a law enforcement agency;
- The IRS will never contact a taxpayer from a Missouri Department of Revenue phone line; and
- If you receive a call you believe to be a scam, contact the Missouri Attorney General’s Office No-Call Hotline at 866-Buzzoff (866-289-9633) or file a complaint online.