Secretary of State
Secretary Grimes Warns Kentucky Businesses of Suspicious Phone Call

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, April 15, 2015  
Contact Information:  Lynn Sowards Zellen
Director of Communications
Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes
(502) 330-9839
Email: lynn.zellen@ky.gov
 


Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky’s chief business officer, is warning Kentucky businesses to protect themselves by exercising caution with respect to suspicious phone calls purporting to be from the Internal Revenue Service.

Business owners around Kentucky have reported receiving a phone call from the number 301-909-4956 alleging that back taxes are owed and threatening action if immediate payment is not made. Business owners have also received voicemails referencing a “time-sensitive matter” and urging them to return the call before action is taken against them.

“There are several red flags businesses should be aware of this tax season,” said Grimes. ‘First, the IRS typically contacts taxpayers by mail, not phone. In addition, the IRS does not ask for credit card numbers over the phone or request payment via prepaid debit card or wire transfer. As always, businesses should be vigilant and be wary of any unknown or suspicious entity that asks for payment or information.”

For information about common IRS-related scams or if you think you may have been targeted, visit http://www.irs.gov/uac/Tax-Scams-Consumer-Alerts.

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