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Indiana AG: Beware of fake IRS agent phone scam

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Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill is urging Hoosiers to be cautious of scammers impersonating Internal Revenue Service (IRS) agents over the phone, demanding money, and threatening legal action.

“Even after tax season has concluded, the Office of Indiana Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division (CPD) is still receiving complaints of IRS phone scams,” the Indiana AG’s Office said in a statement released last week. “Hoosiers are getting calls from unknown numbers claiming that the individual has not paid their taxes to the IRS. Recently, a scammer even claimed to be from the Office of the Indiana Attorney General, according to a consumer who notified the office.”

No one from the Indiana AG’s Office “ever calls consumers about money owed to the IRS nor threatens anyone with arrest,” the statement said.

The IRS will never do the following:

* Call to demand immediate payment or call at all without first having mailed a tax bill.

* Demand payment of taxes without affording the opportunity to question or appeal the amount owed.

* Require persons to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card.

* Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.

* Threaten to bring in local police or other law enforcement to have persons arrested for not paying.

“If you don’t know the number calling your phone, don’t answer, and if you receive a call from someone claiming to be an IRS agent, hang up--especially if the person is demanding money and threatening legal action,” the statement said. “Further, if the unknown caller leaves a voicemail claiming to be an IRS agent, do not call the number back.”

Report this scam by calling (888) 834-9969. You can reach the Consumer Protection Division by visiting or calling (800) 382-5516.


Posted 7/10/2017





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