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Published: Sun, October 25, 2015
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Fake IRS phone scams are hitting area

Fake IRS phone scams are hitting area

The Internal Revenue Service is warning consumers to be exhausted of scam artists posing as charities that are helping with flood recovery in South Carolina. And this scam continues to be a serious threat, and is still on the IRS "Dirty Dozen" list.

Scammers pretending to be with the IRS have been continued to target and harass residents in Citrus County and nationwide, claiming taxpayers owe the IRS money to be paid by a preloaded debit card or wire transfer, according to a Citrus County Sheriff's Office news release.

"This scam has been around for quite some time and continues to be one of the top complaints received", said Kilmartin. Suggested methods of payment include prepaid debit or credit cards.

Angrily demand immediate payment over the phone, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill. The callers use IRS titles and fake badge numbers to appear legitimate.

Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.

They have already received several reports this year of residents answering phones and receiving an automated recording telling them that they owe the IRS money and will be jailed if they don't pay.

Clingenpeel said everyone should be aware of this scam and handle it accordingly if they receive a call. It has a scam department.

Go to IRS.gov and type the word "scam" in the search box to get more information on reporting tax scams.

Never give out personal information, such as personal credit card information or your Social Security number.

 

Residents are advised to use the online reporting at the IRS website instead of calling the dispatch center. You can also call 800-366-4484.

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