IRS impersonators make phony calls in fraud scheme

FORT MYERS, Fla. – A WINK News viewer recently received a voice mail message that demonstrates how relentless scammers are in trying to take your money or private information.

“This call is from IRS, Internal Revenue Service. This message is intended to you. The very second you receive this message, I need you or your recent attorney of record to return the call. The issue at hand is extremely time sensitive,” the message said.

In that case, the scammer did not ask for money. But often, scammers will say you owe money and threaten arrest if you don’t pay. In some cases, scammers may even say you are owed a rebate, but then require your personal information.

Never believe them.

The IRS will never call you and demand a payment nor say they owe you something. The IRS will always send mail first. The agency will never ask for a payment via prepaid debit card nor will it ask for your debit or credit card information over the phone.

If you get a call like that, report it to the IRS and FTC. Links to both agencies:

FTC: https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/GettingStarted?NextQID=216&Selected=t#crnt
IRS: https://www.irs.gov/businesses/small-businesses-self-employed/tax-scams-how-to-report-them?_ga=1.237912771.210618411.1473863737

Reporter:Lindsey Sablan
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