Tax season may have ended, but scammers are still targeting Western Pennsylvania taxpayers through phone calls alleging that they must pay “overdue taxes” immediately. The caller claims to be from the IRS and threatens to put an arrest warrant out or freeze financial assets, unless you provide credit or debit card information over the phone for payment. In a slightly different variation of this scam, the caller will request money be wire transferred or loaded onto a pre-paid debit card.
Your Better Business Bureau is warning consumers to be cautious of anyone who is attempting to use high pressure scare tactics to trick you into an immediate reaction. If someone calls you wanting payment or personal information, always hang-up the phone and confirm the caller’s true identity. Sophisticated scammers may even use “spoofing” to modify the caller ID to appear that the IRS is actually calling you.
Follow BBB’s tips to prevent becoming a victim of this phone scam:
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