AttorneyGeneral Jon Bruning today issued a consumer alert for Nebraskans to be wary ofa phone scam reported by the IRS as the largest of its kind. Victims havereported threats of driver's license suspension, arrest and deportation.
"My officehas received 20 reports of this scam since January," said Bruning. "Calls mayappear legitimate because the scammer has spoofed an IRS number for caller IDs.And, the caller often knows the last four digits of the victim's SocialSecurity number."
Thescammers impersonate Internal Revenue Service (IRS) agents and demand paymentfor taxes owed. The scammer may also contact the victim via bogus follow-upemails.
If thevictim doesn't quickly comply with demands, fraudsters may make additionalcalls claiming to be a member of law enforcement or a representative from theDepartment of Motor Vehicles, also with spoofed caller IDs.
Attorney General Bruning reminds Nebraskans the IRS usuallycontacts people by mail - not by phone - about unpaid taxes.In addition,the IRS won't ask for payment using a pre-paid debitcard or wire transfer, nor will they involve law enforcement or immigrationagencies.
If youreceive a call demanding payment for an alleged tax debt:
Don't give personalinformation like Social Security numbers or banking information to unsolicitedcallers, regardless of who they claim to be.
Remember, it's ok tohang up when unsolicited callers request personal information.
Verify any alleged taxdebt with the IRS directly at (800) 829-1040.
Never wire money orsend pre-paid debit cards to strangers. Once the money is sent, it is nearlyimpossible to recover.
Report any threats tolocal law enforcement.
If you orsomeone you know has been targeted by a tax scam, file a complaint with theAttorney General's Office at (800) 727-6432 or www.ago.ne.gov.For more information, visit www.irs.gov.
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Monday, August 18 2014 7:51 PM EDT2014-08-18 23:51:54 GMT
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