RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Taxes are due in just a matter of weeks, which means scammers will be out looking to take your money.
The IRS says tax-related scams of various sorts are at their peak. Several NBC12 viewers say they have been approached by a scammer.
The scammers threaten an arrest issued against you, to get you to hand over your money - quickly.
"I got a phone call from an out-of-state number," said Chantelle Spradley. "It left a message, but when I checked the message, half of it was cut off. But it says to call back immediately."
Spradley was almost immediately suspicious.
"He said, 'hey, I'm calling from the IRS, and we're calling about your 2010-2014 taxes. We found some discrepancies on your taxes.' So I was like, what is going on?" said Spradley.
He wanted her to pay $3,900 or risk going to jail. He started quizzing her on her bank accounts and where her money is.
"I was like, this really just doesn't sound legit," said Spradley. "It sounds like somebody really is playing games right now. Like somebody is trying to scam me out of my money. I mean, $3,900? That's a lot of money."
Spradley eventually hung up and said she'd call the IRS directly. That's a great idea if you're in doubt.
You can also try googling the number, because sometimes Google will identify scams.
Just remember this: the IRS is never going to call you out of the blue and then threaten jail. They have payment plans and procedures in place to collect money legally.
Also, taxes are due this year on April 18. The government is taking some extra steps to prevent fraud, so some of you may see some delays getting your returns.
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