Tax Deadline Means An Increase of Phone Scams

Tax Deadline Means An Increase of Phone Scams

by Justin Kree

NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - In less than two days your federal income taxes are due. People are stressing over getting tax returns in on time which means IRS phone scams are on the rise.

"If you don't return the call or if I don't hear from your attorney either, then all I could do is wish you a very good luck as the legal situation badly unfolds on you," said IRS Scammer.

This is part of a phone scam that has been going around the Permian Basin looking to scare people into paying hundreds of dollars in federal taxes. It goes on to say that if you fail to pay, you could be thrown in jail.

Jarrod Wise with the Better Business Bureau says you can expect to see more scams just days before April 15 than any other time throughout the year. If you fall for the scam, they will keep scamming you.

"Typically after you pay the first time, they will then ask you for even more money. It's a constant cycle that they hope you keep with because either way they are getting several hundreds of dollars from you each time," said Wise.

Local tax specialists say the IRS will use other methods to resolve tax issues.

"The IRS never makes an additional contact by a telephone. They will always do it through the U.S. Mail," said Liberty Tax Service Specialist, John Wojtkun.

The BBB put out a warning video because a lot of people are falling for the scam. The scammers will even use a fake phone number to lure people in.

"The hotline to my extension is 202-864-1387," said Scammer.

"These scammer are able to spoof numbers from the D.C. area code. It makes it look like it's coming from the IRS Headquarters in Washington D.C.," said Wise.

If you feel you were scammed or anytime throughout the year, you are urged to call the Inspector General's office at 1-800-366-4484.