IRS warns of increasing phone scams during tax season

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Taxpayers aren’t the only people busy this tax season. Scammers are also staying busy by impersonating the Internal Revenue Service.

The IRS is warning of several types of phone scams that are commonly utilized by thieves.

Scammers will sometimes impersonate the IRS explaining to taxpayers that they may be arrested if they don’t pay a fee. These scammers may even leave a message for the taxpayer asking them to call back to resolve an IRS issue.

The thief will often become threatening, demanding the taxpayer pay off their debts through a wire transfer, gift card or other pre-paid card.

If you should receive a phone call like this, tax officials state that you should immediately hang up the phone and report the call to TIGA using the IRS Impersonation Reporting Form or by calling 800-366-4484.

The number the scammer used can also be reported to the email phishing@irs.gov. Simply put “IRS Phone Scam” in the subject line. 

The IRS also offers additional information on tax scams on their social media.

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