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IRS scam: The Real Deal

The Internal Revenue Service is warning consumers about a sophisticated phone scam targeting taxpayers and recent immigrants throughout the country.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – The Internal Revenue Service is warning consumers about a sophisticated phone scam targeting taxpayers and recent immigrants throughout the country.

Scammers tell their prospective victims they owe money to the agency and it must be paid through a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer.

If the victim refuses to cooperate, he or she is threatened with arrest, deportation, or suspension of their business or driver’s license.

The IRS says it will never ask for credit card numbers over the phone, nor will the agency request a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer.

Anyone who has a tax issue will be contacted by mail.

If you’re targeted by the scam, report it to the treasury inspector general for tax administration by calling 1-800-366-4484. You can also report it to the FTC at FTC.gov.

If there’s something you want to know The Real Deal about something, call (315) 446-9900 or email YourStories@9wsyr.com.

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