Authorities warn citizens about IRS phone scam

Authorities warn citizens about IRS phone scam

POINTE COUPEE PARISH, LA (WAFB) - After receiving multiple calls about an IRS phone scam, the Baton Rouge area police offices urge citizens to stay aware of a common IRS scam.

In this version of the scam, scammers call taxpayers and claim to be IRS officials. They then demand the victim pay a fake tax bill. The victim is conned into sending cash, usually through a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer. They could also leave urgent call-back requests using robo-calls or through phishing e-mails.

Authorities such as the Gonzales Police Department and Point Coupee Sheriff's Office provided a link to an Internal Revenue Service news post warning about other tricks scammers might use, like bullying or scaring victims into paying fines by threatening to arrest the victim, when they have done nothing wrong.

More information on this scam can be found HERE.

Remember, the IRS will never demand an immediate payment over the phone, or call you if you owe taxes without sending you a bill in the mail. They will also never ask you for credit or debit card information over the phone.

If you do not owe taxes, or have no reason to think that you do, do not give out any information, hang up and contact the IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting Hotline at 800-336-4484.

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