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IRS Issues Phone Scam Warning

The IRS has issued a warning about a phone scam.

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

The victims are threatened with arrest, deportation or loss of business or drivers license if they do not comply.

Authorities say the callers often know the last four digits of the intended victim’s social security number. The IRS contacts people by mail about unpaid taxes and does not ask for payment through a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer.

The agency also does not ask for credit card information over the phone. If you get a call from someone claiming to be with the IRS asking for a payment and think you might owe taxes, call the IRS at 800-829-1040.

If you do not owe taxes, call the treasury inspector general for tax administration at 800-366-4484.


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