Tax Season Warning: IRS Phone Scam Hitting All 50 States

Intimidating calls on the rise from scammers demanding money and threatening jail time.
1:33 | 01/23/15

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the urgent warning from the irs this evening. The scam now hitting all 50 states. Demands for payments you do not owe. ABC's Clanton Sandell confronting the callers now. Reporter: Tonight, a government warning to be on high alert for tax season scams. Featuring fake irs agents. They said, yes, you need to call us right away, you're being sued for $5,000 by the irs. I thought, yeah, really. Reporter: Even one of the treasury department's top investigators got a threatening call, demanding he pay up. Supposedly $750. And they're going to come arrest you? Correct. Reporter: Nearly 3,000 people have already been victims, scammed out scam ed out of more than $14 million. The scammers often overseas disguise their phone Numbers to make it appear they're calling from the irs. Am any trouble with the irs? Yes, sir, so, you owe $1,498.37 to the irs. Reporter: As we found out, the fake agents can make serious threats. I am going to proceed you to the sheriff's office and within the next hour, they will be at your doorstep and put you behind bars. Reporter: The irs says it will never call demanding immediate payment. Never require payment with prepaid cash cards or ask for credit card Numbers. And they won't threaten to arrest you. It's said the only thing certain in life are death and taxes. And this time of year, scammers looking to steal your money. Clayton Sandell, ABC news, Denver.

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