ATTENTION Floridians! IRS Issues Warning on Impersonation Scams

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By The office of Senator Rick Scott

As a member of the United States Senate Special Committee on Aging, Senator Rick Scott is fighting to protect Florida’s seniors from fraud and was proud to host a Senate Aging Hearing in the Villages with Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody on the growing risk of financial scams.

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued a warning about the rising threat of impersonation scams.

These scams are targeting older adults by pretending to be government officials, aiming to steal sensitive personal information and money. By posing as representatives from agencies such as the IRS, or other government agencies, these fraudsters use fear and deceit to exploit their victims.

Key points to remember: Individuals should understand how and when the IRS contacts taxpayers. Remember the following:

  • The IRS will never demand immediate payment via prepaid debit cards, gift cards or wire transfers. Typically, if taxes are owed, the IRS will send a bill by mail first.
  • The IRS will never threaten to involve local police or other law enforcement agencies.
  • The IRS will never demand payment without allowing opportunities to dispute or appeal the amount owed.
  • The IRS will never request credit, debit, or gift card numbers over the phone.

If taxpayers are uncertain about the legitimacy of IRS communications, they can contact IRS customer service for verification at +1 (800) 829-1040, or for the hearing impaired, TTY/TDD +1 (800) 829-4059. To view details about an individual’s tax account, they can set up or check their IRS individual online account on

IR-2024-164: IRS warns against scams targeting seniors; joins other federal agencies to recognize special awareness day — has additional information, also available in Spanish.