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IRS warns of phone scam

Officials with the Internal Revenue Service want you to be aware of a phone scam that is targets people across the country.
Officials with the Internal Revenue Service want you to be aware of a phone scam that is targets people across the country.

Callers claiming to be from the IRS tell people they owe taxes and must pay using a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer.

The scammers also threaten those who refuse to pay with arrest, deportation or loss of a business or driver's license.

The callers who commit this fraud often:
    Use common names and fake IRS badge numbers
    Know the last four digits of the victim's Social Security number
    Make caller ID appear as if the IRS is calling
    Send bogus IRS emails to support their scam
    Call a second time claiming to be the police or DMV, and caller ID again supports their claim

The IRS usually first contacts people by mail not by phone about unpaid taxes.  The IRS won't ask for payment using a pre-paid debit card, wire transfer or ask for a credit card number over the phone.

    If you think you might owe taxes call the IRS at 800-829-1040
    If you get a call from a scammer call and report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 800-366-4484
    If you get a call from a scammer you can also file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission at FTC.gov.  Add "IRS Telephone Scam" to the comments in your complaint.


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