KNOXVILLE (WATE) – The 2014 tax filing season ended a week ago, but that hasn’t stopped con artists from applying their tricks. They’ll try to scare you into believing you owe money.
Phyllis in Knoxville asks: “A friend of mine was called and told if she doesn’t pay her back taxes, she could be arrested. Is this true?”
Tipton says the elderly are being targeted.
“If you know you don’t owe taxes, it’s a scam. The IRS is never going to call you. If you owe money, you’ll get a letter saying you owe them money,” he said.
Scammers sometimes may send phony IRS emails to support their bogus calls.
More online: FTC Complaint Assistant
If you think you’ve been targeted by this scam, contact the Federal Trade Commission online, and be sure to add the IRS telephone scam to the comments of your complaint.
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