At the start of the new tax season, the IRS is reminding taxpayers to be alert for scam phone calls. Criminals make aggressive calls posing as IRS agents in an attempt to steal money or personal information. Here are tips from the IRS on how spot a scam call. IRS agents will never demand a specific payment type (such as prepaid debit card, gift card, or wire transfer). They won’t threaten to have you arrested for not paying or refuse to allow you to question the amount due. They also won’t call unexpectedly about a refund. If you suspect a call is a scam, the IRS says to write down the phone number then hang up immediately and report the call. Learn more here: