WASHINGTON, DC -- Federal authorities are warning of those impersonating the Internal Revenue Service and defrauding people across the country, especially recent immigrants to the U.S. Targets of the scam have been told they owe money to the IRS and that it must be paid immediately through a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer. Many are threatened with police arrest, deportation or driver’s license revocation.
People are usually first contacted by an email. Consumers are reminded to never open links or attachments on messages that request personal information. Scam artists may follow up with phone calls using fake IRS badge numbers and caller Ids. Calls will sometimes have fake background chatter that mimics a call center. Others may call pretending to be police or the department of motor vehicles.
Officials said that those who've been contacted and who believe they actually do owe taxes should call the IRS at (800) 829-1040. Those who are contacted and who are not sure if they owe taxes or are confident that they do not, should call the Treasury Inspector General at (800) 366-4484.
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