With the Internal Revenue Service tax deadline less than two days away, those who have not paid their 2016 taxes — and those who have — are perplexed by supposed IRS calls saying they owe money.
In addition to existing email, text and social media-based tax scams that have affected a number of American taxpayers in recent years, fake IRS calls grow more prevalent nationwide as the department restarts its debt collection phone call efforts.
Georgia residents have reported these types of calls becoming more prevalent in recent weeks.
During scam calls, the IRS reports, victims are told they owe money to the IRS and it must be paid promptly through a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer. During such calls, victims may be threatened with arrest, deportation or suspension of a business or driver’s license. Victims may also be told they have a refund due to try to trick them into sharing private information. The IRS notes that if the phone isn't answered, the scammers will often leave an “urgent” callback request.
The IRS typically first communicates via mail, not phone calls. Should you receive a call from someone saying they are from the IRS, hang up and look up the IRS phone number on their web site and call them back.
If you suspect a scam, report it to the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Department.