Louisiana Attorney General Warns Of Phone Scam: Caller Claims To Be IRS Official
Let's face it, what scares people more than a call from the IRS?. Well Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell is warning residents of a phone scam in which the caller poses as an Internal Revenue Service official, and attempts to intimidate the victim into making a payment, utilizing a debit card or Western Union.
Victims are told they owe money to the IRS and are often threatened with arrest, deportation or suspension of business or driver's license.
If you receive a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, Attorney General Caldwell and the IRS caution that The IRS will not call you about taxes you owe without first making contact via mail. They won't demand money without questioning or appealing the amount they claim you owe, and no legitimate IRS agent would ask you for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
If you're contacted let the the caller know that you will contact the IRS. The IRS can be reached at 1.800-.829-1040 or online at IRS.gov. The Federal Trade Commission will also be interested in this type of scam, contact them at FTC.gov