The Better Business Bureau in Wisconsin is warning us of a sophisticated scam that is once again targeting local residents….
If you receive a phone message from somebody claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) DON'T CALL THE NUMBER BACK! If you do, you'll reach a recording of someone claiming to be an "IRS officer" telling you issue at hand is "extremely time sensitive." The message threatens legal action if you or an attorney on your behalf don't respond.
People also say the caller threatens to have them arrested unless they pay several thousand dollars by pre-paid debit card, wire transfer or credit card. The Federal Trade Commision issued a warning about the scam back in April.
Here are some red flags that someone might be trying to pull the fake IRS agent scam on you:
· The IRS contacts taxpayers about unpaid taxes by postal mail, never by phone.
· The IRS doesn't ask people to pay with prepaid debit cards or wire transfers.
· They never ask for credit card numbers over the phone either.
For more tips to avoid being scammed, visit the IRS website.