In recent months, there have been a number of scam calls from people claiming that you owe money to IRS. However, now some of these calls could actually be legitimate.
Recently, the IRS began using third party private debt collectors to collect overdue federal tax debt. Prior to receiving a phone call, consumers should have received several written notices about the debt from the IRS, or from a private debt collector who explains their role in collecting for the IRS.
When you receive the call, the person should be courteous, explaining their role again, and working with you in a professional manner to settle the issue. They will not ask you to pay over the phone with a pre-paid credit card, iTunes card, or some other odd form of payment. They will direct you to irs.gov or will provide other instructions for mailing a payment to IRS.
If something seems suspicious and you are not sure if the call is legitimate, do not provide any personal information or payment until you can check things out directly with IRS. But, you will also need to submit a written request to the third party collection agency telling them that you do not want to work with them.
The caller should be able to provide you with the name of their company, address, and instructions on how to get their calls and letters to stop.