The Internal Revenue Service has warned of a scam that has targeted people in nearly every state. Victims of the scam are told that they owe money to the IRS and that it must be paid immediately. If the victim refuses to cooperate, the scammer threatens arrest, deportation or suspension of a business license.
“Rest assured, we do not and will not ask for credit card numbers over the phone, nor request a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer,” IRS Acting Commissioner Danny Werfel said in a statement. “If someone unexpectedly calls claiming to be from the IRS and threatens police arrest, deportation or license revocation if you don’t pay immediately, that is a sign that it really isn’t the IRS calling.”
Werfel added that if the IRS wanted to contact you, they’d do so by mail.