Transcript for IRS Warns of Fake Tax-Season Phone Calls
An urgent warning about a growing irs scam targeting people all over the country this tax season of the FBI is issuing an alert this morning about phony phone calls claiming you owe money. Here's ABC's Clayton Sandell with what you need to know. Reporter: This morning, the irs warning be on high alert for threatening phone calls like this. Before there is an arrest warrant issued on your name with the county sheriff officer's office, I want you or your attorney to give us a call back. Reporter: Just in time for tax season. Callers pretending to be irs agents claiming you owe money and to pay up now. Be prepared to face the legal consequences as the issue at hand is extremely serious and time sensitive. Reporter: It's happening in all 50 states, nearly 3,000 people have already been victims, scammed out of more than $14 million. Here's how it works. The scammers want you to go to a store and spend hundreds of dollars on a prepaid cash card like this. Then they want the code off the back of the card. But the moment you give it to them, all that money, your money, is gone. The scammers often call from overseas disguising their Numbers to look like they're really from the irs. They leave those Numbers on voice mail messages demanding you call back so we did. Am I in trouble with the irs? Yes, sir. You owe $1,498.78 to the I am going to proceed you to the sheriff's office and within the next hour they will be at your doorstep to handcuff you and put you behind bars. Reporter: The irs says they will never call to demand immediate payment or never require require payment with prepaid cash card or ask for credit card Numbers and won't threaten to arrest you. If anyone does, the irs says, just hang up. For "Good morning America," Clayton Sandell, ABC news, Denver.
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