Students: Be Aware of Phone Scams

Jul. 12, 2016

UNLV urges the campus community to be mindful of anongoing phone scam directed at college students across the country.

Students report receiving calls from individuals claiming to be with the FBI, IRS or another federal agency telling them they have committed tax fraud by not paying a “Federal Student Tax” to the IRS. Students are told that unless cooperate by paying this tax – usually immediately over the phone – they could be arrested and/or lose scholarships and financial aid.

Please be aware that neither the FBI nor the IRS will demand payment over phone. The IRS generally first contacts taxpayers by mail—not by phone—concerning owed taxes, and it will never ask for payments using a prepaid debit card, money order, or wire transfer.

What You Should Do

According to the IRS, here’s what you should do if you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS asking for money over the phone:

  • Do not give out any information. Hang up immediately.
  • Contact the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) to report the call. Use their “IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting” web page or call800-366-4484.
  • Report it to the Federal Trade Commission. Use the “FTC Complaint Assistant” on FTC.gov. Please add “IRS Telephone Scam” in the notes.
  • If you think you might owe taxes, call the IRS directly at1-800-829-1040.

More information onreporting phone or phishing scams is available at IRS.gov.