Posted: Wednesday, May 21, 2014 --- 8:15pm

It started out like any other night for Adam Hanson, but quickly took a not-so-typical turn.

"I was just walking in the door from work and my wife was on the phone. She had had about a half hour of repeated phone calls from the same number” Hanson tells NBC 15.

Adam and his wife live in Fitchburg. He's an accountant and knows a thing or two about the IRS and how someone from the agency will act toward you. This isn't it. “The guy was verbally abusive, very forceful” says Adam.

The man claimed the couple owed back taxes. Immediately, Adam knew something was wrong.
Here's why:

1. The man wouldn't give a badge number. That's a big red flag. An IRS agent will always provide a badge number.

2. The IRS will always mail taxpayers a written notification of any tax due.

If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, here’s what you should do:

1. If you know you owe taxes or you think you might owe taxes, call the IRS at 1.800.829.1040. The IRS employees at that line can help you with a payment issue, if there really is such an issue.

2. If you know you don’t owe taxes or have no reason to think that you owe any taxes (for example, you’ve never received a bill or the caller made some bogus threats as described above), then call and report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 1.800.366.4484.

3. If you’ve been targeted by this scam, you should also contact the Federal Trade Commission and use their “FTC Complaint Assistant” at Please add "IRS Telephone Scam" to the comments of your complaint.

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