Yes, the primary tax season has been over for several months. And no, that doesn’t mean the IRS scams have are also over. How do I know this? From first-hand knowledge in addition to the various news reports and alerts.

I got robo calls on two consecutive days. Each was clearly a robo call with a woman — with a flat and menacing voice — announcing — “this is your final IRS notice.” The robo call likely said much more but I hung up immediately after just hearing the first few seconds.

And you should do the same. These scams are meant to scare individuals by sounding as if this is an official IRS call and the recipient’s being warned that she or he or they owe taxes. And how to fix this problem? By simple sending the stated dollar amount via prepaid debit card or wire transfer to the site that’s given in the rest of the message.

I’ve said it before but it’s worth repeating: the IRS does NOT make these kinds of calls to taxpayers. So hang up ASAP if you get one of these robo calls. What else can you do? Well, I went to the website of the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) and hit the red “IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting” box that’s on the right hand side. I entered all the needed information and submitted my complaint. I first tried their “800” scam reporting hotline but that line had gotten so many calls about these IRS impersonation scams that the recording urged individuals to go to the TIGTA website unless the individual had actually suffered a financial loss.

So please don’t be taken in if you get one of these calls or a phishing email.  Go to the “Scams and phishing” link at the IRS website (  where you’ll find helpful contact information for TIGTA, the Federal Trade Commission and other agencies to contact about these and other scams.