Tax fraud: IRS Warns of Pervasive Telephone Scam
WASHINGTON — Tax Fraud Alert! The Internal Revenue Service is warning consumers about a pervasive telephone scam targeting taxpayers, including recent immigrants, throughout the country.
Victims are told they owe money to the IRS and it must be paid promptly through a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer. If the victim refuses to cooperate, they are then threatened with arrest, deportation or suspension of a business or driver’s license. In many cases, the caller becomes hostile and insulting.