The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is warning consumers about a phone scam that is demanding money and threatening jail time.
The BBB began receiving phone calls from local consumers this week who have been contacted by the "IRS" saying they owe money and it must be paid promptly. Consumers are instructed to buy a preloaded debit card or wire transfer funds. If the victim refuses to cooperate they are threatened with arrest, deportation or suspension of business or drivers license. The caller often times becomes very demanding, hostile and insulting.
The BBB wants consumers to know that the IRS will never ask you for credit card numbers or the phone or request a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer. The IRS will most likely contact taxpayers via mail in regards to tax issues.
"These callers are trying to scare consumers into paying them money they don't owe," states Amanda Tietze, VP of Public Relations at the BBB. "Consumers should not be threatened into making payments they don't owe. The scammers use these strong arm tactics because they know many people will pay the money to avoid being arrested".
Some other characteristics of this scam:
The BBB recommends the following if you receive a similar type call: