As tax season approaches for 2017, a new series of phone scams have been targeted unsuspecting Americans and costing them thousands.
A major scam has been reporting in which foreign scammers are leaving voice messages for people. After saying they have a warrant for your arrest due to unpaid taxes, they quickly try and get you to give them important personal information and money. Do NOT do it.
While most people realize this kind of call is fake, these scammers work all day trying to find naive and elderly people who may fall victim to it.
The IRS has released the following statement about the incident.
REMEMBER: The IRS doesn't initiate contact with taxpayers by email, text messages or social media channels to request personal or financial information. In addition, IRS does not threaten taxpayers with lawsuits, imprisonment or other enforcement action. Being able to recognize these telltale signs of a phishing or tax scam could save you from becoming a victim.
Watch the video below as this REAL police detective gives advice on how to avoid these scams.
More information can be found on the IRS website by clicking here.
So, have you been called yet? If you answered, did you quickly realize it was a scam?
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