False IRS agents calling taxpayers

WICHITA, Kansas — More than 20,000 taxpayers from nearly every state have been targeted with thousands of them being scammed out of close to a million dollars altogether.

Normally when you pick up your phone, you can tell if someone is trying to rip you off or not however people posing as IRS agents have found a way to manipulate thousands of people in forking over their money.

The fake IRS agents are threatened with arrest, deportation or loss of a drivers or business license. Not to be caught off guard by one of these fake agents trying to rip you off there are some ways to safeguard yourself.

Normally, real IRS agents will usually contact people first by mail.

When real agents contact you by mail or phone they never demand a payment by debit card, credit card or a wire transfer.

Also be mindful that these fake agents are able to mask their caller I.D., making it look like they are calling from a legit number. They also may know the last four digits of your social security number.

Right now, the Inspector General’s office is working with major phone providers to try and decipher where these phony calls are coming from.

For more information on fraudulent tax phone calls like this one you can visit the IRS website. There you can report any fraudulent activities as well as receive more tips on how to avoid becoming a victim.

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