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Written by Jimmy Holbrook   
Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Tax day is behind us, but the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is issuing a warning to people who have unpaid taxes that are owed to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

The IRS has commissioned four different debt-collection companies to go after people who have unpaid taxes.  NBC news reported that the decision by the federal agency to use debt-collectors is being met with some criticism from consumer advocacy groups that fear that the use of debt-collection agencies will give the opportunity for scammers to impersonate the legitimate debt-collecting agencies that have been commissioned by the IRS.

The FCC says that they will updating their warnings to tax payers about IRS impostor scammers because of the new debt collection program.

Consumer advocates say that there are some simple ways you can tell if a call is from a legitimate private debt company or a fraudster.  

If the caller is very aggressive and threatens you in any way with arrest or someone coming to your house it is a scam.  Or, if they try to pressure you to make an immediate payment or asks you for credit or debit card information, it is a scam.  Also, the IRS, nor any legitimate debt collection agency, will ask for payment via gift cards, Amazon, PayPal or iTunes.

 

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 19 April 2017 )
 
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