Remember, the I.R.S. does not:

         initiate contact with taxpayers by email, text message or social media channels to request personal or financial information;

 

         call to demand immediate payment using a specific payment method such as a prepaid debit card, gift card or wire transfer;

 

         demand that you pay taxes without the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe;

 

         threaten to bring in local police, immigration officers, or other law-enforcement to have you arrested for not paying.

                                                               Keep in mind:

         the I.R.S. cannot revoke your driver's license, business licenses, or immigration status.

Threats like these are common tactics scam artists use to trick victims into buying into their schemes.