IRS warns against phone scam
The Internal Revenue Service on Monday issued a warning for consumers to guard against “sophisticated and aggressive” phone scams targeting taxpayers, including recent immigrants, as reported incidents of the crime continue to rise. The IRS always sends taxpayers a written notification of any tax due via the U.S. mail, the agency said, and never asks for credit card, debit card or prepaid card information over the telephone. People have reported a particularly aggressive phone scam in the last several months, the IRS said. Immigrants are frequently targeted, and are threatened with deportation, arrest, having their utilities shut off, or having their driver’s licenses revoked. Callers are frequently insulting or hostile — apparently to scare their potential victims, the agency said. For more information or to report a scam, go to www.irs.gov and type “scam” in the search box.
From Staff Reports