Contact Information 
District Office
349 Pine St. Suite 1
Williamsport, PA 17701
Phone: (570) 321-1270
FAX: (570) 327-3719

Capitol Office

Room 415, Irvis Office Building
PO Box 202083
Harrisburg PA 17120-2083
Phone: (717) 787-2885
 
ID Fraud
Seniors Being Targeted by IRS Impersonators and ID Fraud

I am urging residents to be aware of federal Internal Revenue Service (IRS) impersonators. This scam is targeting the elderly population of the region, although residents of all ages have reported getting these calls.

This type of scam preys on our seniors and was happening during the income tax filing season. Unfortunately, my district office is receiving calls again this summer about residents getting calls and I want to alert everyone that this is happening, and to beware of it.

Usually the victim will receive an unsolicited call from someone claiming to be an IRS official. The victim is told that he/she owes taxes and must pay immediately using cash, a pre-paid debit card, money order or a wire transfer from a bank account. The IRS impersonators are often aggressive and relentless, or the calls may be recordings. These scammers threaten victims with criminal charges, immediate arrest, deportation, or loss of a business or driver’s license.

There are warning signs and actions you can take to combat this scam.

Warning Signs: 

  • A resident receives a call from someone claiming to be from the IRS
    • The IRS generally first contacts people by mail – not by phone – about unpaid taxes.
  • The caller uses a common name and fake IRS badge number.
  • The caller may know the last four digits of your Social Security number.
  • The caller ID information may appear as if the IRS is calling.
  • The caller aggressively demands immediate payment to avoid being criminally charged or arrested.
    • The IRS will not ask for payment using a prepaid debit card, a money order or a wire transfer. The IRS will never ask for a credit card number over the phone, by email, text or any social media.
  • The caller claims that hanging up the telephone will cause the immediate issuance of an arrest warrant for unpaid taxes.
  • The caller may also send an email address to support their claim that they are calling from the IRS.
What to do:

  • Hang up the telephone.
  • Fill out the “IRS Impersonation scam” form at the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration website at www.tigta.gov or call TIGTA at 800-366-4484.
  • Forward scam emails to phishing@irs.gov. Do not open any attachments or click on any links in these emails.
For Commonwealth tax fraud issues, call the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue (717-787-8201), or visit https://www.doreservices.state.pa.us/ReportTaxFraud/