SCAM: Crooks posing as IRS phone reps demand payment - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Don't fall for it: Crooks posing as IRS phone reps demand payment

Consumers are warned of crooks posing as IRS reps demanding money over the phone. (Source: MGN Online) Consumers are warned of crooks posing as IRS reps demanding money over the phone. (Source: MGN Online)

The Ohio Attorney General is warning people about a phony IRS scam.

In the past week the office has had more than 100 complaint calls.

Typically, the caller claims to be from the IRS and scares the victim into thinking he or she could face investigation if the amount isn't paid.

Callers may give phony badge or case numbers to make the calls sound more legitimate.

Victims usually are told to pay via Green Dot or some other prepaid card, which makes the payments harder for law enforcement to track.

Consumers are warned that the IRS does not contact anyone by phone to tell them about tax shortages, investigations or ask for their social security numbers.

Anyone who receives a call of this nature is advised to hang up without worry.

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