IRS Breaks Down Scams, Offers Safety Tips

(WLNS) – 6 News Nick Perreault spoke with a special agent inside the Department of Treasury who said she’s been doing this 32 years and whether it’s your cell phone, land-line or computer, dozens of different scams are out there because it’s now easier to obtain your information.

If you’ve heard something like this before, someone or some group is trying to rip you off and you’re not alone.

“It’s hitting all over the country, it’s hitting all over the Lansing area.”

With the ever growing speed of the Internet and social media, IRS spokesman Luis Garcia and special agent Joanne McLean say the person or people behind these scams can seem convincing.

“They know where you live, they know what your house looks like, they know your siblings, your spouse, your children.”

Scariest of all, they might have your social security number.

IRS spokesman Luis Garcia says if someone calls these should be seen as red flags: demanding immediate payment, threatening you or asking you to pay in a specific way.

“The IRS is never going to call you and say you have to pay now, you have to pay today or you’re going to get arrested.”

Pressure the IRS says is a way to get the money out of you quickly.

“We’re becoming much more accessible to criminals they can get to us in many ways that they never used to be able to before,” said McLean.

Criminals that special agent Joanne McLean says are adapting quickly.

Sometimes saying they’re from the department of treasury others the IRS and says you only need to remember one thing.

“The best thing to do is just to hang up and not return any of their calls.”

To avoid falling victim to a fast growing scam.

For a list of tips, visit: IRS Scam Tips

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