By Lars Dalseide | August 22 2014 09:48

Don't get looking for a quick buck when the con artists call

NRA's Refuse to be a Victim program Fairfax, Virginia - During the first 6 months of 2014, the Federal Trade Commission received more than 12,000 complaints about scams involving people impersonating IRS agents. That's 36 times more complaints than the same period in 2013 received! Be very wary of the following scams:

  • Someone calls or emails saying they're from the IRS and you owe money. They say if you don't pay immediately, a warrant could be issued for your arrest.
  • Sometimes they recite personal information such as the last 4 digits of your Social Security number to sound credible. The number on the caller ID might even look legitimate or imitate the IRS toll-free number or the email address might be similar to actual IRS email addresses
  • Someone promises you a big refund if you let them prepare your taxes. People generally prey on people who do not have a filing requirement, such as low-income individuals or the elderly. They also target non-English speaking individuals. They charge big money for bad advice or worse yet, file the return and have the refund deposited into their account.
  • More on what to avoid when the scam artists call ...

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