Montana Department of Revenue alerts public to phone scam
October 21, 2014
The Montana Department of Revenue is warning about an apparent scam in the Helena area.
The Revenue Department’s call center has received several calls from taxpayers in Helena asking about questionable phone calls they received. According to the taxpayers, the callers identify themselves as an IRS representative. They reportedly instruct the potential victim to get money owed to the IRS and bring it to a specific location.
If you believe you’ve been the subject of a similar call, please contact Helena police. For information about how to spot a scam, please visit the IRS website:
5 ways to spot suspicious calls
To report a possible impersonator:
IRS impersonation scam reporting
And if you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the department call center toll free at (866) 859-2254, or in Helena at 444-6900. Regular call center hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Montana Department of Revenue Warns of Email Scam
April 24, 2014
The Montana Department of Revenue is warning people about a new email scam that could potentially harm computer systems, and steal identities and financial information. These email messages target people in and out of state. They are not from the department and the department recommends that people delete these fraudulent email notifications.
If you have questions about emails you may have received, please don’t hesitate to call our call center toll free at (866) 859-2254, or in Helena at 444-6900. Regular call center hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For more information about guarding against identity theft and what to do if you think you’ve become the victim of the crime, call the Montana Department of Justice, Consumer Protection Office at 1-800-481-6896 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Revenue Statement on "Heartbleed" and Filing Season
April 10, 2014
The Montana Department of Revenue continues to accept tax returns as normal. Our systems continue operating and are not affected by this bug, and we are not aware of any security vulnerabilities related to this situation. We continue to monitor the situation and remain in contact with our software partners. The Montana Department of Revenue advises taxpayers to continue filing their tax returns as they normally would in advance of the April 15 deadline.
Dear Business Services Customer,
Please be advised there is a convincing email scam circulating the Internet. The target of the email is you - a valued Montana Secretary of State Business Services customer. The email appears to customers as being sent from the Montana Secretary of State's Office, but in fact, is being sent from "email@example.com."
Please note that all Secretary of State Office employees have an email address featuring mt.gov. For example, our Business Services email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. The person/people behind this email have also replied to customer inquiries regarding the security certificate on the email.
When asked, "email@example.com" confirms that he is a Secretary of State employee and that the email link is safe to open. He is not one of our employees, and opening the link may compromise your personal/business identity and data security. This email is a scam. Please do not open any links or attachments that may accompany it. Please do not reply to the email in any way. We encourage you to delete the email immediately upon receipt and report it to our office for investigative purposes. Thank you.
The Office of Consumer Protection at the Montana Department of Justice wants to alert you to a fast-moving phone scam called the largest of its kind is targeting taxpayers across the country. Victims have reported threats of license suspension, arrest and deportation.
What makes this timely scam so tricky? The scammers impersonate Internal Revenue Service (IRS) agents and demand payment for taxes owed, and often:
- know the last four digits of the victim’s Social Security number;
- make caller ID appear as if the IRS is calling;
- send follow-up bogus IRS emails to support their scam; and
- call a second time claiming to be the police or Department of Motor Vehicles, and caller ID again supports their claim.
The IRS usually contacts people by mail, not by phone, about unpaid taxes. The IRS won’t ask for payment using a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer, nor will they involve law enforcement or immigration agencies.
WHAT TO DO:
If you or a family member receives one of these calls, your best bet is to hang up. But if you do get into a conversation, don’t give anyone money or credit card information over the phone and don’t trust callers who use threats or insults to bully you.
Report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 1-800-366-4484.
File a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission at www.ftc.gov. Add "IRS Telephone Scam" to the comments in your complaint.
If you owe or think you owe federal taxes, call the IRS directly at 1-800-829-1040 to verify information.
Call us at the Montana Department of Justice’s Office of Consumer Protection at (800) 481-6896 or (406) 444-4500, or visit us at https://dojmt.gov/consumer/consumer-alerts-and-scam-alerts/
For more information, visit www.irs.gov.