The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently warned consumers
about a telephone scam targeting taxpayers throughout the U.S.
Victims are told they owe the IRS money and the money must be paid
promptly through a wire transfer or pre-loaded debit card. Victims
are threatened with arrest, deportation, or suspension of a
business or driver's license if they do not comply.
"This scam has hit taxpayers in nearly every state in the country,"
says Danny Werfel, IRS acting commissioner. "We want to educate
taxpayers so they can help protect themselves. Rest assured, we do
not and will not ask for credit card numbers over the phone nor
request a prepaid debit card or wire transfer. If someone
unexpectedly calls claiming to be from the IRS and threatens police
arrest, deportation or license revocation if you don't pay
immediately, that is a sign that it really isn't the IRS calling."
Scam characteristics include scammers using fake names or IRS
badge numbers; being able to recite the last four digits of the
victim's Social Security number; spoofing the IRS toll-free number
on caller ID; sending bogus IRS emails to support calls; victims
hearing background noise from other calls to mimic a call site; and
scammers hanging up, followed by another call from someone
pretending to be from the local police or Department of Motor
Vehicles with the caller ID...
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