Phone scheme targets taxpayersNovember 1st, 2013 at 3:23 pm by Bill Diven under News
If you get a phone call saying you must immediately pay a tax debt, think twice before sending anyone any money.
That warning came today from the office of Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M.
” According to the IRS, victims of this scam are told they owe money to the IRS, and that it must be paid immediately through a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer,” a statement from the senator says. “If victims of the scam refuse to comply with the caller’s directions, the scammers threaten victims with consequences such as arrest, deportation, or suspension of a business or driver’s license.”
Occasionally the perpetrators may have the last four digits of a victim’s Social Security number, and the attack can include emails from fake IRS addresses and additional phone calls claiming to be from police or other agencies confirming the consequences for not paying the bogus debt.
Such fraud attempts should be reported to real police, the senator said.
Additional information and recommendations are available in a warning from the IRS released yesterday.