IRS phone scam demanding money or jail time

IRS Phone Scam demanding money or jail time
The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is again warning consumers about a phone scam that is demanding money and threatening jail time. Agencies are still receiving phone calls from local consumers who have been contacted by the "IRS" or the “Treasury Department” saying they owe money and it must be paid promptly. Consumers are instructed to buy a preloaded debit card or wire transfer funds to pay the debt. If the victim refuses to cooperate they are threatened with arrest, home foreclosure, deportation or suspension of business or driver’s license. The caller often times becomes very demanding, hostile and insulting.

The BBB wants consumers to know that the IRS will never ask you for credit card numbers over the phone or request a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer. The IRS will most likely contact taxpayers via mail in regard to tax issues.

The BBB recommends the following if you receive a similar type call:

If you know you owe taxes or think you might owe taxes, call the IRS or your accountant.

If you know you don't owe taxes, call and report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 1-800-366-4484.

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