These scams are often threatening in nature. Some scams also target those who potentially receive an economic impact payment and request personal or financial information from the taxpayer.
Phone scams pose a major threat to people with limited access to information, including people who are not completely comfortable with the English language. These calls often take the form of an “automatic call” (a recorded text-to-speech message with instructions to return the call), but in some cases can be made by a real person. These scammers may have some of the taxpayer’s information, including your address, the last four digits of your Social Security number, or other personal data, which makes phone calls seem more legitimate.
A common one remains the IRS impersonation scam, where a taxpayer receives a phone call that threatens time in jail, deportation, or revocation of a driver’s license from someone claiming to be with the IRS. Taxpayers who are recent immigrants are often the most vulnerable and should ignore these threats and not get involved with scammers.