SALEM—After recent reports of callers fraudulently identifying themselves as collection
agents, the Oregon Department of Revenue is reminding taxpayers to take
measures to protect their personal identifying information.
Taxpayers have reported receiving phone
calls from individuals identifying themselves as Revenue representatives or IRS
agents. The caller says the victim has a tax debt and demands payment by wire
transfer or credit card. The caller may threaten legal action in an effort to
coerce taxpayers to disclose personal identifying information such as Social
Security or credit card numbers.
“Revenue employees may ask you to verify
some personal information, but they won’t threaten you or demand personal or
financial information,” explained Ken Ross, Revenue’s Personal Tax program
manager. “If you think you’re being scammed, end the call and contact us
directly. We encourage the public to protect themselves by verifying they’re
speaking with legitimately authorized representatives of the Department of
Revenue.” Direct contact information for Revenue and its field offices is
available online or in government directories.
Revenue offers a few tips to help taxpayers
protect themselves from becoming victims of fraud.
may contact Revenue directly at 1-800-356-4222 to check the validity of
any tax-related phone calls.
will always receive a billing notice by mail prior to receiving any calls
- Revenue will
never ask a taxpayer to wire money.
payments to Revenue don’t have to be made over the phone. If you’re more
comfortable paying online, visit www.oregon.gov/dor/payments.
maintains a list of official mailing addresses for all offices in the
Contact Us section of www.oregon.gov/dor.
We will not ask taxpayers to send information or payments to any addresses
that aren’t on this list.
Taxpayers can report instances where the
caller identifies themself as an agent of the state to Revenue’s Tax Services
at 1-800-356-4222. Fraudulent calls where the IRS is mentioned can be reported
to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 1-800-366-4484. For
more information on scams and fraud being tracked by the IRS, visit
Visit www.oregon.gov/dor to get tax forms, check the status of your refund, or make tax payments; or call 1-800-356-4222 toll-free from an Oregon prefix (English or Spanish); 503-378-4988 in Salem and outside Oregon; or email, firstname.lastname@example.org. For TTY (hearing or speech impaired), call 1-800-886-7204.