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November 16, 2013

IRS warns of phone scheme

The Daily Star

---- — The IRS is warning the public about a phone scam that targets people across the nation, including recent immigrants. Callers claiming to be from the IRS tell intended victims they owe taxes and must pay using a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer. One Oneonta area resident received a scam call from the phone number (855) 547-3676.

The scammers threaten those who refuse to pay with arrest, deportation or loss of a business or driver’s license.

The callers who commit this fraud often:

• Use common names and fake IRS badge numbers.

• Know the last four digits of the victim’s Social Security number.

• Make caller ID appear as if the IRS is calling.

• Send bogus IRS emails to support their scam.

• Call a second time claiming to be the police or DMV, and caller ID again supports their claim.

The truth is the IRS usually first contacts people by mail — not by phone — about unpaid taxes. And the IRS won’t ask for payment using a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer. The agency also won’t ask for a credit card number over the phone.

The IRS advises the following for people who receive scam phone calls:

Those who are concerned that they might owe taxes can call the IRS at (800) 829-1040. IRS workers can help with your payment questions.

Those who know they do not owe can report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at (800) 366-4484. Complaints can also be filed with the Federal Trade Commission at Add “IRS Telephone Scam” to the comments in the complaint.

More information about tax scams is available online at