The IRS is warning consumers about a very sophisticated phone scam that has been targeting taxpayers— especially recent immigrants— throughout the country.

Often using fake IRS badge numbers and names, the perpetrators inform victims they owe money to the IRS which must be paid immediately through pre-loaded debit cards or wire transfers. Victims who refuse are told they face arrest, deportation and/or suspension of business/driver’s license.

The IRS will never ask anyone for a credit card number over the phone. If consumers receive such a call, they should call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040 to verify any claims of money owed. They can also report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 1-800-366-4484.

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