The IRS Will Not Call To Collect Your Overdue Taxes Via Greendot MoneyPak

Police across the country have a warning for the public. It should be obvious that the Internal Revenue Service will not call you up and threaten to throw you in prison unless you load money onto their prepaid debit card. This isn’t obvious to everyone, though, and scammers use that to their advantage.

Scammers can represent themselves as collection agents for your utility company, loan officers at your bank, or administrators of some kind of sweepstakes. That appeals to our innate greed, of course: we’re happy to send huge amounts of cash in exchange for even more cash.

Greendot isn’t the problem here, and neither is the Moneypak. The only problem with that product is that it makes it so easy and simple to transfer money quickly and without knowing much information about the person you’re sending it to. That can be a positive thing in some contexts, but in this context is a bad one.

Scam Alert: Beware if you receive a call from an IRS agent saying you owe more in taxes, State Police warn [WSYR] (Thanks, John!)

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  1. CommonC3nts says:

    How does anyone fall for this stuff??

    • PhillyDom says:

      People get a demand letter from the IRS (or purporting to be) and lose their minds.

      When I was a tax preparer, I can’t tell you how many times I’d get a repeat client who’d come in at tax time to have their return done, and I’d find a months-old demand letter from the IRS among their papers. It never occurred to them to call their tax man to deal with the letter for them.