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Beware of Scammers

March 16, / in 2015 Winter, Written by Katherine Albrecht

In January the IRS issued its annual “Dirty Dozen” tax scams for 2015. Tops on the list is aggressive and threatening telephone calls purporting to come from IRS agents. “Phishing” for personal information through the use of fake emails and websites also made the list.

Callers often target the elderly, immigrants and others they believe to be highly susceptible to their scare tactics. The caller may claim to be from the IRS or U.S. Treasury and give a name and badge number. Some scammers even alter the caller ID information so the call appears to come from the IRS. The caller may specify an exact amount of an alleged debt owed to the IRS and the method of payment to be used. Often the caller suggests payment via credit card or prepaid debit card. If the caller encounters resistance, he may issue threats that law enforcement is poised to make an arrest within minutes if payment is not immediately made.

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