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Tax Scam: What Taxpayers Need to be Aware of this Tax Season

As tax season continues, scammers are finding ways to prey on you.  It's called the Internal Revenue Service phone scam and it is the largest I.R.S. scam ever.

The I.R.S. phone scam begins with someone posing as an I.R.S. agent calls you, the taxpayer, demanding money.

"They're using scare tactics with these consumers and threatening things," said President of the Better Business Bureau of North Central Texas, Monica Horton.

The scammers are threatening such things as having you arrested and even taking away your business or drivers license if you don't pay up.

"If you owe the I.R.S. taxes, they are generally going to send you something through the mail first.  If you do end up speaking with someone on the phone they're not going to require that you give them your credit card information or transfer money to them at that point," said Horton.

The I.R.S. phone scammers aren't just taking advantage of you through your phone, scammers are taking advantage of you through your email as well, using the phishing technique.

"A phishing email is when someone is trying to fish for your information and get you to disclose your personal information to them.  They say there has been a problem with your refund, click on the link here and they start asking you for your personal information," said Horton.

There is also another email I.R.S. scammers will send to you that contains a link with malware or another website asking you for your personal information.

"They are preying on what is going on currently and it is tax season so they like to pose as I.R.S. agents.  The con artists follow the news and follow whatever is going on at the time," said Horton.

The deadline to file your taxes is April 15th, which still gives scammers enough time to take advantage of you.

"Disregard any phone call or anyone posing to be from the I.R.S. Never give personal information out over the phone if it is a call you do not initiate," said Horton.

If this I.R.S. scam has happened to you, you are urged to contact the I.R.S. here or contact the Better Business Bureau.

Taylor Barnes, Newschannel 6
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