On Your Side Alert: Viewers call 12 about Phony IRS calls

Published: Oct. 9, 2013 at 5:02 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 9, 2013 at 10:01 PM EDT
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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Viewers contact 12 after receiving suspicious calls claiming to be from the IRS. They were told they could face legal action if they didn't respond. We investigated and found out what you should do if you get one of the calls.

No ones wants to owe money to the IRS, so what happens if you get a call from the government agency? Well, first you need to make sure it's legitimate, and there is a good chance it's not. Concerned viewers report they have been flooded with calls claiming to be with the IRS.

The caller claims the information is time sensitive, and legal action will be taken if they don't respond. The suspicious callers claim there was a deficiency in the person's income tax. They called several times to one person and threaten to call 100 more times. The calls appear to be coming from a 5-3-0 area code, which is a California number.

Don't be fooled. These criminals are only after your personal information or are trying to trick you into giving up your money. These calls happened recently and one thing to keep in mind, is that the Government is partially shutdown and that means the IRS is also closed.

The IRS is aware of this scam and it provides helpful tips on its website, IRS.GOV. Remember, never give up your personal information over the phone. If you get a suspicious call, the IRS says ask for a call back number and an employee badge. Even if you get that information, don't trust the caller, contact the IRS to verify the call is legit.

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