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Beware of IRS Scams!

Posted: February 2017

Did you know that the IRS (Internal Revenue Service) will never initiate contact with you by phone, email, or text?


Important: If you receive a suspicious call and/or email from the IRS, please disconnect from the call and/or disregard the email and immediately inform the UMIT Service Desk via phone: (305) 284-6565 or email: help@miami.edu.


Every year, thousands of people lose their tax return money and personal information to tax scammers. Being able to recognize the following types of tax scams could save you from becoming a victim:

IRS-Impersonation Telephone Scams

In an aggressive and sophisticated phone scam targeting taxpayers, scammers call victims claiming to be IRS employees using fake names and IRS badge numbers. Victims are told they owe the IRS money, which must be promptly paid. Victims are sometimes threatened with arrest, deportation, and/or suspension of a business or driver’s license. If the phone isn't answered, the scammers often leave an “urgent” callback request:

To avoid falling for scams, it is important to note that the IRS will never:

  • Call or email to demand immediate payment. Generally, the IRS will first mail you a bill if you owe any taxes.
  • Threaten to immediately bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.
  • Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
  • Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone or via email.

Email, Phishing, and Malware Schemes

Phishing email schemes can ask taxpayers about a wide range of topics, including information related to refunds, filing status, confirming personal information, ordering transcripts, and verifying PIN information. Some email phishing scams appear to be from the IRS and include a link to a bogus web site intended to mirror the official IRS web site. The fake sites ask for Social Security numbers and other personal information, which could be used to help file false tax returns. The sites may also carry malware, which can infect your computer and allow criminals to access your files or track your keystrokes to gain information. If you receive an email that directs you to a website that looks questionable, please close your Internet browser and immediately call the UMIT Service Desk at: (305) 284-6565.


Have questions? Get support!

If you would like to contact the IRS office, please visit: https://www.irs.gov/help-resources/telephone-assistance for a list of available resources.

If you feel you might be a victim of a telephone or online IRS tax scam, please call the UMIT Service Desk immediately at: (305) 284-6565.

Thank you.