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Rip-Off Alert: Devious IRS telephone scam targets taxpayers

Reported by: Marie Mortera
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Updated: 12/20/2013 5:28 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- A tax scam makes a comeback and it's targeting Nevadans. Its reach appears to be widespread.

This scam comes by phone.

Many people have recently received a call from someone claiming to be with the Internal Revenue Service.

And that's the problem here -- scam artists are using urgency and threatening messages to get people to hand over private information.

Al Wagner, President of Trinity Tax Consultants, warns Nevada taxpayers about a sophisticated Internal Revenue Service phone scam happening right now in Southern Nevada and most likely throughout the country.

Two individuals closely associated with Trinity (a client and a Trinity principal) have received fraudulent calls this week.

The scam went further and Trinity Tax Consultants says their victims were also told to pay more than $5,000 to the IRS and if they didn't pay immediately, they would be arrested.

The IRS will not contact anyone by phone first. Old-fashioned postage is the way they operate and a phone call is usually the last resort.

“The IRS never calls and demands money,” said Wagner. “The IRS sends taxpayer correspondence through the mail, and there is never arrest warrants put out unless individuals have had court proceedings involving criminal tax fraud."

According to the IRS, if you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, here’s what you should do:
  • If you know you owe taxes or you think you might owe taxes, call the IRS at 1.800.829.1040. The IRS employees at that line can help you with a payment issue – if there really is such an issue.

  • If you know you don’t owe taxes or have no reason to think that you owe any taxes (for example, you’ve never received a bill or the caller made some bogus threat like arrest), then call and report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 1.800.366.4484.
If you get a bogus threat, report the call to the treasury inspector general by calling 1.800.366.4484.
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