IRS warning of continued tax-related scams nationwide

IRS warning of continued tax-related scams nationwide”

WASHINGTON -The Internal Revenue Service is warning that tax-related scams are continuing across the nation even though the tax-filing season has ended for most taxpayers. The caller, who is pretending to be from the IRS, threatens arrest if the person does not immediately put money on a prepaid debit card to pay the bill. Authorities say the caller claims to be from the IRS and says that two certified letters mailed to the taxpayer were returned as undeliverable. She says that you need to pay right away or the police will arrest you.

This is just the latest scam taking advantage of consumers and, unfortunately, many people fall for it. Find out how scammers are taking advantage of consumers and what you can do to protect yourself.

The IRS recently began sending letters to a relatively small group of taxpayers whose overdue federal tax accounts are being assigned to one of four private-sector collection agencies. That change makes this new scam sound more legitimate.

"According to the victims we have interviewed, these scammers then demanded that the victims immediately pay the money using Apple iTunes gift cards, Target gift cards, prepaid debit cards, wire transfers, Western Union payments or MoneyGram payments in order to avoid being immediately arrested", George told the oversight subcommittee for the House Ways and Means Committee. Those who do respond are told they must make immediate payment either by a specific prepaid debit card or by wire transfer.

As with any scam, the con artist can be extremely persistent.

Taxpayers and tax pros alike are reminded to be wary of anyone posing as an IRS agent, and should always report any suspicious activity.

The IRS receives up to 10,000 calls a week from individuals who have received calls from IRS agent impersonators. But college students, seniors and others continue to be caught off guard by the calls.

It's important to know that the scammers are sophisticated.

Many consumers, of course, can not imagine how some people don't simply hang up on the IRS impersonators after endless warnings over the past four years or so.

While these tax fraud calls can be frightening, there are measures you can take to protect yourself.

The caller threatens you with arrest. Legitimate debt collectors, including those acting on behalf of the IRS, will not claim the police are on their way.

Do not give out any information. Initially, it is not clear who the scammers are, but as they are forced to pick up their phone lines, they got so frustrated and they finally showed their true self - started cursing the revenge taker in Hindi. IRS tax collectors are based in the United States and will share their address and phone number if asked.

A band of Indian scammers got a dose of their own medicine after a man decided he had enough of their fake Internal Revenue Service calls and he made a decision to pay them back in kind.

Con artists invent new tax scams every day.

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