Phone Scam of the Month

In order to inform the widest number of people about this serious issue, I thought it would be a good idea to share the latest phone scams going around. These guys are real jerks and it’s pretty easy to be intimidated.

From the IRS:

“The Internal Revenue Service today warned taxpayers to stay vigilant against an increase of IRS impersonation scams in the form of automated calls and new tactics from scammers demanding tax payments on iTunes and other gift cards.”

“The IRS has seen an increase in “robo-calls” where scammers leave urgent callback requests through the phone telling taxpayers to call back to settle their “tax bill.” These fake calls generally claim to be the last warning before legal action is taken. Once the victim calls back, the scammers may threaten to arrest, deport or revoke the driver’s license of the victim if they don’t agree to pay.”

“Some examples of the varied tactics seen this year are: demanding payment for a “Federal Student Tax;” demanding immediate tax payment for taxes owed on an iTunes or other type of gift card; soliciting W-2 information from payroll and human resources professionals; “verifying” tax return information over the phone; and pretending to be from the tax preparation industry.”

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