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Sheriff’s office reports increase in IRS scams

By Messenger Staff | Published Saturday, April 30, 2016
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Phone scammers pretending to be with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) are busy once again.

They are calling local citizens demanding the victim pay tax bills by sending cash, usually through a prepaid debit card or wire transfer.

“They’re even spoofing a DC area code on the caller ID, saying that if you don’t pay up now, you will be arrested,” Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin said.

They may also leave “urgent” callback messages or send similar emails.

According to the sheriff’s office, the IRS will never:

  • call to demand immediate payment, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill;
  • demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe;
  • require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card;
  • ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone; or
  • threaten to bring in local police or other law enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.

If you think you may owe taxes, call the IRS at 800-829-1040.

For information, visit “Tax Scams and Consumer Alerts” at irs.gov.

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