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Consumer Alert! Scammers Change Tactics Again

Aggressive and threatening phone calls by criminals impersonating IRS agents remain a major threat to taxpayers, but now scammers are calling under the guise of verifying tax return information over the phone.

The latest variation being seen in the last few weeks tries to play off the current tax season. Scam artists call saying they have your tax return, and they just need to verify a few details to process your return. The scam tries to get you to give up personal information such as a Social Security number or personal financial information, such as bank numbers or credit cards.

“These schemes continue to adapt and evolve in an attempt to catch people off guard just as they are preparing their tax returns,” said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. “Don’t be fooled. The IRS won’t be calling you out of the blue asking you to verify your personal tax information or aggressively threatening you to make an immediate payment.”

The IRS reminds taxpayers to guard against all sorts of con games that continually change.

If you get such a call, hang up!  If you get a voice mail asking you to call back concerning your taxes, don't call back. No matter what the threatening message might be, it is a scam and that is a criminal who is calling you. Don't be fooled. Protect yourself and your personal information.