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  • Scam Artists Using April 15th To Con Victims

    The tax deadline of April 15 is fast approaching, and scam artists are using this deadline to con people out of their money. And, itís all done by phone!

    In this scam, the victimís phone will ring with the caller ID noting itís from the Internal Revenue Service. An extremely aggressive person will be on the phone Ė they may have some of the callerís social security number and claim that the victim owes thousands of dollars to the government in back taxes.

    The ďscammerĒ informs the victim that failure to pay these taxes will result in them being arrested. Theyíll tell the victim to they need to fill a pre-paid debit card with the money owed and provide them with the debit card number.

    According to tax officials, this isnít the way the system is set up or works.

    Micah Christensen, who works with the Montana Department of Revenue, said, the agency never contacts victims, asking them to remit payment immediately. They donít say theyíll send the cops over to arrest non-payers, and they donít say the way that the bill must be paid. He said the agency never tells people the only way to pay is a prepaid debit card.

    If you believe an IRS scam is played on you, get in touch with the Federal Trade Commission at www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov.

    Scams can also be reported to the IRS (1-800-829-1040).

    The federal agency has numerous tools at your disposal to learn whatís going on with your taxes. Check out www.irs.gov or check your tax return status at www.irs.gov/Refunds.

    Contact the IRS if you believe youíre an identity theft victim Ė www.irs.gov/identitytheft or 1-800-908-4490.
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