Hello! I’m Officer Julie Smith from the Internal Revenue Service – By Guest Blogger Paul Hynes, CFP

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The title of this blog is the opening line in a phone call that people around the country are getting. Is it really a call from the IRS? No, it’s not.

Senior Safe & Sound warns everyone to be aware of scam phone calls from criminals intent on stealing their money, their identity, or both. These criminals pose as officials from the IRS. The tone of the call is often threatening and intimidating. You can listen to two examples of these fraudulent calls by clicking here and here.

According to the IRS website, the IRS will not:

• Call you to demand immediate payment. The IRS will not call you if you owe taxes without first sending you a bill in the mail.
• 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.
• Ask for your credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
• Threaten to bring in police or other agencies to arrest you for not paying.

Phone scams such as this one often target older people, but just about anyone can become a victim if they’re not careful.

So, remember that the IRS will not call you out of the blue. And, tell your friends and family about this scam. Education and awareness is your best protection from this scam and others like it.

To learn more about this scam, visit


Paul Hynes, CFP is the Founder of both HearthStone Private Wealth Management and www.Safeandsound.org, an on-line resource and blog to help educate the public and prevent financial elder abuse.  His organizations are located in the San Diego, California. To reach him go to www.safeandsound.org or www.hearthstoneinc.com.