Tax Scams Grow During Tax Season

It’s tax season and the scammers are out in force. Recent scams involve callers posing as IRS agents, demanding immediate payment for taxes owed, or threatening jail time.
If you have been victimized, please email scams@attorneygeneral.gov. And to avoid being victimized, please remember these tips:

• The IRS does not use threatening or aggressive calls. A scammer may threaten to involve the police, immigration officers or other law enforcement if you do not pay promptly. The IRS will not do that.
• The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email, text or social media, especially contact seeking personal financial information.
• Do not trust the number you see on your caller ID, even if it appears to be coming from the IRS. Scam artists increasingly iuse a technique known as spoofing to trick caller ID into thinking the call is originating from a certain phone number.
• Do not give out personal information over the phone. Do not provide information over the phone, even if the caller claims to be from the IRS or your bank.
• The IRS does not require taxpayers to use a specific method of payment such as a pre-paid debit card, money order, wire transfer, gift cards or cash.

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