Phony Tax Collectors Keep Calling
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
The deadline to file your income taxes has passed, but scammers posing as tax collectors keep calling.
North Carolina consumers are reporting dozens of calls claiming to come from IRS or US Treasury officials who demand immediate payment. The calls include a recorded message that says you owe taxes and threatens a lawsuit or arrest if you don’t pay right away.
Around 500 consumers have reported fraudulent tax collector calls
to our office in the past 10 days, with most of the reports coming from area codes 919 and 252.
Remember: legitimate government agencies like the IRS would never demand that you pay taxes using iTunes gift cards, money orders, or wire transfers.
If you get one of these IRS scam calls, please report it to the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division by calling 1-877-5-NO-SCAM or by filing a complaint online
. Please report:
The number the call appears to come from (the number that shows on your Caller ID).
The number you’re told to call to pay taxes or fines.
Our office is working with the IRS and telephone companies to try to identify the source of the calls and stop them, and your complaints can help.