IRS ALERT: Scammers demanding account information over phone
BATON ROUGE (NBC33) — There’s a new alert on what the feds are calling one of largest phone scams they've ever seen.
The culprits are targeting taxpayers all over the country.
According to reports, the person on the other end says something like: "There is a notice issued on your name, and there are serious allegations pressed against your name."
Often times, unsuspecting victims answer because the number on the caller ID looks legitimate.
However, if the caller demands an immediate payment for overdue taxes via a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer, that's a red flag!
The IRS says that's not how they operate.
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"At this time of year, a taxpayer could be very concerned if they think they're getting a call from the IRS and fall for that. This is definitely a scam and we don't want any Louisiana taxpayers to lose out on their money," said Lea Crusberg, with the Internal Revenue Service.
If you owe taxes, or think you owe taxes, do it the safe way. Call the real IRS at 1-800-829-1040.