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Scam Alert (3/16/2016): Department warns of over-the-phone caller ID spoofing scams
The Minnesota Department of Revenue is warning taxpayers of a recent over-the-phone caller ID spoofing scam. Taxpayers should beware of phone calls from scammers claiming to be from the IRS or the department who demand immediate payment of tax debts. In some cases, the scammers use caller ID spoofing where the phone numbers they call from are made to look like they are coming from the IRS or the department.
According to the FCC, caller ID "spoofing" occurs when a caller deliberately falsifies the information transmitted to your caller ID display to disguise their identity. Spoofing is often used as part of an attempt to trick someone into giving away valuable personal information so it can be used for illegal activity, such as filing for a fraudulent tax refund.
When contacting you the department will not:
• Demand immediate payment without first mailing a letter.
• Demand that you pay taxes and not allow you to question or appeal the amount you owe.
• Require that you pay your taxes a certain way. For instance, require that you pay with a prepaid debit card.
• Threaten to call the police or other law enforcement agencies to arrest you for not paying.• Threaten to call the police or other law enforcement agencies to arrest you for not paying.
Use caution and NEVER provide personal information unless you are absolutely sure the situation is legitimate.
More information about these types of scams can be found on the IRS website.
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At the Minnesota Department of Revenue, we take the responsibility of protecting your personal information and your tax refund very seriously. We take the time necessary to verify the information on every return to make sure the right refund goes to the right person.
For more information, go to our Identity Theft and Tax Refund Fraud page.
Suspicious phone calls
If you are concerned about a potentially fraudulent contact by an individual or an organization representing themselves as being from the Minnesota Department of Revenue, please contact: 651-296-3781 or 1-800-652-9094. An authorized Minnesota Department of Revenue staff member will be able to determine if the contact you received was legitimate.
Use caution and NEVER provide personal information unless you are absolutely sure the situation is legitimate. The Minnesota Department of Revenue will never ask you to provide, update or verify personal information through unsolicited emails. Do NOT respond to such emails and contact us with questions or concerns.
Suspicious emails – “Phishing”
Phishing (as in “fishing for information” and “hooking” victims) is a scam involving the distribution of e-mail messages to trick taxpayers into revealing personal and financial information which can be used to steal the taxpayer’s identity.
For recent consumer warnings issued by the IRS regarding suspicious emails and identity theft:
How to report phishing, email scams and bogus IRS websites: