Tax fraud scams are on the rise! I have republished an article written MoneyGram; if you get a phone call or email report this immediately.
DALLAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)– MoneyGram (NASDAQ: MGI), a leading global money transfer and payment services company is alerting the public about a tax phone scam that has already cost Americans more than $1 million dollars according to the IRS. Criminals posing as fake IRS agents call their victims and tell them they owe back taxes, and they must pay using a money transfer or pre-paid debit card. The scammers threaten the victim with jail time, deportation or loss of driver’s license. To make it sound more plausible the callers often know the last four digits of the taxpayer’s Social Security number, and the calls are made with fake caller identification software that makes it appear the call is originating from the IRS. “Never send money to someone you don’t know even if they threaten you,” says Kim Garner, SVP Global Security at MoneyGram. “The IRS will not call consumers if they owe back taxes and they will never ask for payment via wire transfer. If a consumer receives a call like this they should hang up and report it to the authorities immediately.” Consumers should report the suspected scam to the local police and the IRS, and file reports with the Federal Trade Commission and the National Consumers League.