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Scammers pretend to be the IRS

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KHQ.com - It was Ben Franklin said in this world nothing is certain, except death and taxes, but it looks like you can add scammers to that saying.

Every year, people pretend to be the IRS to swindle people out of their money.  The IRS wants to remind Americans again this year that if you get a phone call from someone saying they're from the IRS and demanding your money, it's not real.

Here are five things the IRS says scammers do that the IRS would never do.

1. Call you about taxes you owe without first mailing you an official notice. 

2. Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.

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

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

5. Threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.

If you are contacted by anyone who does any of this, contact the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. 


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