Be aware! IRS phone scams increase closer to tax day

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Taxes are due in less than two weeks! Have you filed yours yet?

A recent study found IRS phone scams increase by up to 20% in the weeks leading up to Tax Day.

Each year, those fake IRS calls change just enough to remain effective.

“They’re using all the buzz words, badge number, taxpayer advocacy service, so they’re coming off as being the legitimate IRS,” Pam Smith, a tax accountant.

Keep in mind, scammers may have some of your private information including the last four digits of your social security number.

Do not be fooled into giving them even more information.

The IRS will never call to demand immediate payment using a specific payment method such as a prepaid debit card, gift card or wire transfer or call you about an unexpected refund.

Instead, the IRS will generally mail a bill l to any taxpayer who owes taxes.

If you receive one of these scam calls, do not give out any information and hang up immediately.

To learn more about IRS tax scams and what you should look out for, please click here.

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