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Authorities warn public of tax phone scam

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Authorities are sounding the alarm after a man was swindled out of thousands of dollars by a tax phone scam.

Rodderick Jackson said he was conned out of $2,000 after someone called him claiming they were the IRS. He said the worst part was how he was tricked.

"They said that I owed some back taxes and if I didn't pay them, I was going to be subject to jail time and they were going to freeze my assets," said Jackson.

Josh Hollins with the Louisiana Attorney General's office said their office receives calls of new scams every day. Hollins explained during tax season crooks are looking to trick people out of their hard-earned money. He added there are some red flags to look out for when you get a call you think may be suspicious.

"If they're asking for money or saying you owe money and you haven't received a notice, then that it may be a scam," said Hollins. “If they're using fear tactics and demanding money without allowing you to appeal or to check the amount of money that you owe."

If you believe you are a victim of a scam or receive a suspicious phone call contact the AG's consumer protection hotline at (800) 351-4889

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