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New phone scam the largest the IRS has seen

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) -

This new scam is one of the largest the IRS has seen according to IRS spokesperson Mark Green.

"It covers, in this case it covers the whole nation," he says.

Scammers claiming to work for the IRS have stolen more than one million dollars from taxpayers.

"Scam artists are calling people in general saying that they are from the Internal Revenue Service and that they owe taxes and if they didn't pay immediately they will be arrested," Green explains.

But there's one unique factor to this scam that's making it one of the largest the IRS has seen, and that's the phone. 

"The twist to this scam is that on the caller ID when the caller receives a call, will show the Internal Revenue Service," says Green.

Victims are told they need to wire money or pay with a pre-paid debit card which has their social security number, and in some cases the victim's name. Green doesn't want anyone else to fall for this scam, so he has some important advice.

"What we strongly advise individuals  to do is just hang up if you get a call," he says.

He also says the IRS contacts people through the mail, never by phone. Green says when in doubt, call the IRS.

"Know that these scams are out here. If in doubt about anything whatsoever, give us a call," he urges.

The toll free number for the IRS is 1-800-829-1040 or you can visit their website.

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