‘Adulting’ series is about learning the things that you should know but are not taught during your education career. If you love reading anything related to Adulting, this is the series for you!
A few days after I made CareersandLifestyle.com, I started receiving a lot of calls from telemarketers and emails from people who wanted to work on my website. One day I received a voicemail from the “IRS” and then the following day received a text message from a different number claiming to be the “IRS”.
The first reaction I had to this was panic because I had thought that I was going to get fined or get in trouble in some way – but I decided to do research instead. What I found out was that most states in the US have been affected by these IRS impersonation scam calls for two years now! People have been losing money due to the fear that these scams instill.
I believe it is important to spread information like this so more and more people are aware of this current situation. After graduating college (even in 3 years), not once did I learn about the IRS or what to do when they call you or if they do even call you. Basic life adulting skills are not prioritized or placed in the curriculum in our education system and many people do not pay attention to this, which is very unfortunate.
Here are a few things you should know:
- IRS will never call you or email you or text you. All communications are done through letters (As noted on their website).
2. Always refer to their site. Their site is filled with so much information and can assist you with understanding certain concepts. Their site is: https://www.irs.gov/ and also looks like this:
3. Report the scam call to avoid others from getting tricked. You can report all scams at Treasury Inspector General Website. Their website should look like this:
4. If you have been a victim of phishing, the IRS website has a step-by-step process on what you can do.5. Let your family and friends know cause they could be the next target!