IRS warns about nationwide scam targeting taxpayers

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Posted: Thursday, October 31, 2013 12:00 am

The Internal Revenue Service warned consumers Thursday about a sophisticated phone scam targeting taxpayers, including recent immigrants, throughout the country.

Victims are told they owe money to the IRS and it must be paid promptly through a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer. If the victim refuses to cooperate, he is threatened with arrest, deportation or suspension of a business or driver’s license.

“This scam has hit taxpayers in nearly every state in the country,” said IRS acting Commissioner Danny Werfel.

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