IRS phone and email scan reaches Indiana

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – Taxes aren’t due until April 15, leaving plenty of time for scammers to take advantage of you.

If you haven’t filed yet, beware. The IRS is warning of a nationwide scam that has made its way to Indiana and they are targeting the elderly and immigrants.

Your phone rings and the caller says they are with the IRS, but whose really on the other end?

It could be someone trying to scam you out of hundreds or even thousands of dollars.

“They are pretending to be IRS agents and they’re telling people that they have a large tax debt that they need to pay immediately,” said Luis Garcia, an IRS Spokesman.

The scammer will then ask you to pay the fee through a wire transfer or by credit card.

“They add to it by saying if you don’t pay today we’re going to send the police over to your house, or they say we’re going to revoke your driver’s license. In immigrant communities they say you are going to be deported,” explained Garcia.

Don’t be fooled – the caller ID even says they are the IRS.

“It’s a sophisticated operation because not only can they fake the caller ID, but they know where you are and who your local police department is,” Garcia continued.

He stated this scam that started in the fall has become more prevalent during tax season and wants to warn the public that it can also show up in your inbox.

“It will look official and in some cases it will sound official. It will probably ask you to download something which is probably a worm or malware, so be careful. Don’t click on anything,” stated Garcia.

Don’t click on any links or provide any information.

“They should safeguard their personal information, social security number, address, kids social security numbers, so the criminals can’t get them,” said Kerry Hannigan, Special Agent with IRS Criminal Investigations.

Knowing the red flags will ensure you don’t fall victim.

“We don’t collect tax payments that way if you’re going to make a tax payment there are lots of different ways to do it, but we are not going to collect it on a green dot credit card,” Garcia said.

The best advice may be to simply hang up. If you have received this scam or fell victim to it you should call local police and report it to the IRS.

For more information on this scam check out this link!

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