NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The IRS says in recent years, thousands of people have lost millions of dollars to tax scams. They want seniors to know that IRS agents will never make threatening or aggressive calls. If you get a call like that, it's a scam.
Local tax preparer Roy Nesom says at least six of his clients have already received similar calls this year.
"I'm seeing people get calls from the scam artists that claim to be the IRS, say that they owe back taxes, and they'll threaten them with arrest and they threaten them with liens on their income," said Nesom.
The Better Business Bureau offers this advice, "Don't give them any information. Never give out any financial information," said Cynthia Albert with the BBB. "What you do is call, of course, your Better Business Bureau, we know about these scams. Don't give out anything that you don't feel comfortable with. Call your BBB, we will give you information; call the IRS, they'll give you information."
If you get a threatening or aggressive call from someone claiming you owe taxes, the IRS says hang up immediately. The IRS also says their agents will never call to demand immediate payment using a specific payment method like a prepaid gift card. They also don't ask for credit or debit numbers over the phone. Usually the IRS will first mail a bill to the taxpayer. Agents will also never threaten to immediately have you arrested.