Danny Werfel

IRS warns of sophisticated phone scam

IRS warns of sophisticated phone scam

The Internal Revenue Service warned about a telephone scam in which targeted taxpayers are told they owe money and must pay up immediately.

The IRS on Thursday said the operation was sophisticated. The scammers are able to provide would-be victims the last four digits of their Social Security numbers and have the ability to spoof the agency's toll-free number on caller ID.

“This scam has hit taxpayers in nearly every state in the country," said Danny Werfel, acting commissioner. "We want to educate taxpayers so they can help protect themselves. “If someone unexpectedly calls claiming to be from the IRS and threatens police arrest, deportation or license revocation if...

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