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IRS warns of nation-wide tax time phone scam


Tax payers beware, a nation-wide phone scam has been renewed by the IRS.


According to the IRS website, the scam is the largest of its kind. Callers are threatening recent immigrants, with deportation or jail time. Victims say the caller demands money, often the victim is threatened, and the call becomes hostile.


The IRS warns thieves often use common names and fake ID numbers, know the last four digits of your Social Security Number, and sends bogus IRS e-mails. 


The scam was first announced in October of 2013. The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration reports 20,000 incidents related to the scam, as of March 20. 


The IRS only sends a written notification of any taxes that are due through the mail. If you owe, or think you might owe federal taxes, hang up and call the IRS at 800-829-1040.

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