IRS Phone Scam Demanding Money or Jail Time
The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is again warning consumers about a phone scam that is demanding money and threatening jail time.
The BBB is still receiving phone calls from local consumers 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 to pay the debt. If the victim refuses to cooperate they are threatened with arrest, deportation or suspension of business or driver’s 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 over 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 simply trying to scare consumers into paying them money they don't owe. Consumers should not be threatened into making any payments they are not certain that they 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: