IRS Phone Scam
Several residents report having received a phone call from a man identifying himself as Dennis Gary with the treasury department, 303-479-3380. This is a scam do not call the number back.
The IRS does not:
- 1Call you to demand immediate payment. They will not call about taxes you owe without first mailing you a bill.
- 2Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the chance to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
- 3Require you to use a certain payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card.
- 4Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
- 5Threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement to have you arrested for not paying.
If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS and asking for money, here’s what to do:
- •If you know you owe taxes or think you might owe, call the IRS at 800-829-1040 to talk about payment options. You also may be able to set up a payment plan online at IRS.gov.
- •If you know you don’t owe taxes or have no reason to believe that you do, report the incident to TIGTA at 1.800.366.4484 or at www.tigta.gov.
- •If phone scammers target you, also contact the Federal Trade Commission at FTC.gov. Use their “FTC Complaint Assistant” to report the scam. Please add "IRS Telephone Scam" to the comments of your complaint.
Remember, the IRS currently does not use unsolicited email, text messages or any social media to discuss your personal tax issues. For more information on reporting tax scams, go to www.irs.gov and type “scam” in the search box.