OIS has received the following information from the Foreign National Tax Office at NC State. Please read thoroughly to familiarize yourself with the characteristics of these scams and spread the word:
It has come to our attention that many scams are circulating targeting nonresident aliens. Scammers are impersonating IRS agents and demanding immediate payment for taxes. Please be on the lookout for signs that these calls or emails are fake.
The IRS will not:
- Call to demand immediate payment, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill.
- Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
- Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card.
- Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
- Ask for your SSN over the telephone.
- Threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.
Please read the attached document for further information. If you believe you have been a victim of fraud, report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) at 1-800-366-4484 or report it online at the IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting Page.
USCIS also has a blog that updates regularly any current scams that are circulating: The Beacon: The Official Blog of USCIS