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Consumer Alert: IRS phone scam circulating again

Phone scams have been happening for years now, but just recently one came through the Glenwood City area.

The scam was from someone posing as an IRS agent and they asked for a social security number, credit/debit number and birthday.

Several news stations have reported this IRS scam happening all across the country from California to Massachusetts.

According to Glenwood City Police Chief Bob Darwin, close to a dozen calls in a month alone are reported to the Police Department.

In April, the IRS posted a news release on their website that stated they will always send taxpayers a written notification of any tax due via the U.S. Mail.

Also, the IRS never asks for credit card, debit card or prepaid card information over the telephone.

They do not ask for PINs, passwords or similar confidential access information for credit cards bank or other financial accounts.

And the IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email to request personal or financial information, which includes any type of electronic communication, such as text messages or social media channels.

The website also lists characteristics of this scam which includes; the use of fake names and IRS badge numbers by the scammers. They generally use common names and surnames to identify themselves.

Scammers may be able to recite the last four digits of a victim’s Social Security number.

Scammers spoof the IRS toll-free number on caller ID to make it appear that this is the IRS calling.

Scammers sometimes send bogus IRS emails to some victims to support their bogus calls.

Victims heard background noise of other calls being conducted to mimic a call site.

After threatening victims with jail time or driver’s license revocation, scammers hang up and others soon call back pretending to be from the local police or DMV and the call ID supports their claim.

If a phone call that appears to be a scam is received and you believe you owe taxes, call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040.

If you know you do not owe taxes or have no reason to think you do, then call and report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 1-800-366-4484.

Lastly, if you’ve been targeted by this scam, go to the Federal Trade Commission Complaint Assistant website (FTC.gov) and add “IRS Telephone Scam” to the comments in the complaint.