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What to do if you get an IRS scam call

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Representatives from the BBB came to KHQ to answer questions about IRS phone scams on Thursday. Representatives from the BBB came to KHQ to answer questions about IRS phone scams on Thursday.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

The BBB came to KHQ studios Thursday to talk about one of the biggest scams in the country: The IRS tax phone scam.

KHQ gets dozens of reports of the scam from viewers every week, so we asked the BBB what the best plan of action is should you ever be on the receiving end of one of these scam phone calls.

Typically, the scammer will say that you owe the IRS money and must pay up, or you will be arrested. This is not true.

The BBB says the first thing you should do is report the call to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax administration. 

You can reach them by phone at 1-800-366-4484, online at www.TIGTA.govor via email at phishing@IRS.gov

If you get recorded messages giving call back numbers and other information, the BBB says to completely disregard them. 

If you receive a live call, ask the caller to quit speaking, then tell them you want to be served and will see them in court. Then hang up right away.

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen says "If you are surprised to be hearing from us, then you're not hearing from us."

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