A phone call from the I.R.S. could lead to a scam

The calls involve an impostor saying the recipient owes taxes.

According to the Inspector General, real I.R.S. officials typically reach out by mail first, rather than phone.

(CNN) - If you get a call from someone claiming to be with the I.R.S., be suspicious!

The calls involve an I.R.S. impostor who will tell you that you owe taxes that must be paid with a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer.

The scammers threaten arrest, deportation, or loss of a business or driver's license for those who don't pay up.

According to the Inspector General, real I.R.S. officials typically reach out by mail first, rather than phone.


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