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Tax scammers still preying on people: Your Stories

Tax season may be over, but the government says that within the last few days it has received an overwhelming number of reports on phone scams from people claiming to be from the IRS.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – Tax season may be over, but the government says that within the last few days it has received an overwhelming number of reports on phone scams from people claiming to be from the IRS.

The impostors tell you to pay up and – if you don’t – they make various threats claiming that you will be arrested or your license will be revoked. 

Some of the latest reports say the callers often go by the name “Heather” from the IRS or claim to be from the Treasury Inspector General’s Office.

Some may use specific tax codes to make themselves seem more believable.

Whatever the variation, the calls always end in the same way – the scammers demanding money immediately via a credit card, prepaid debit card, or wire transfer.

The IRS does not call people demanding payment. They contact people by mail.

If you receive a call from someone that seems suspicious, call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040.

If you have a question for the Your Stories team, call (315) 446-9900 or email YourStories@LocalSYR.com.

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