Says something like "Fraud on tax return and you need to call this number as soon as possible."

I know there is a high probability that this is a total scam, but just-in-case:

  1. How can I be absolutely sure?
  2. This is happening more frequently every year and they're getting more clever - anyone know of any new dangers this year?

I swear, I am about to terminate having a cell phone forever.

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    – Kevin
    Feb 1, 2017 at 22:51
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    If you think it might be genuine, then contact the appropriate agency using a phone number you find independently - for instance on their official web site.
    – Simon B
    Feb 1, 2017 at 23:18
  • There are always new dangers. Just assume that any unexpected call may be a scam, and call back to a number you have obtained from a trusted source.
    – keshlam
    Feb 2, 2017 at 0:40

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The IRS will NEVER EVER initiate contact with you over the phone, email, text message, or social media. You will always get a letter in the mail. And even if you don't trust that, you can go to the IRS website to obtain their number and call them to confirm the letter/issue. There are many new scams occurring, the FTC lists all the ones that are making waves nationwide and it is updated on a regular basis.

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