Editorial: Tax time scams - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

Editorial: Tax time scams

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The following is an editorial from WBRC FOX6 News General Manager Collin Gaston, which first aired on Thursday, April 6, 2017:

As we near the tax deadline, it's important for all of us to be on the lookout for scams.

Last year, people around the country were scammed out of millions of dollars in what was one of the largest tax scams in history. Scam artists tell people 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, they are threatened with arrest, fines, deportation, or suspension of a business or driver's license.

IRS officials want people to know they'll never call and ask for any payment over the phone. When it comes to the IRS, a written notice through the US mail is always the first step.

Some 20,000 people across the country fell for this scam including folks right here in our area. Officials are consistently trying to track down those responsible. Unfortunately, technology allows for phone calls to be placed from just about anywhere in the world. 

If you have any suspicions, contact the IRS directly to be sure you aren't being scammed.

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