Attorney General warns against tax scams

Attorney General warns against tax scams

TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) - With the deadline to file your taxes just days away, scammers are looking to steal your money and information.

Ohio Attorney General Mike Dewine says his office has received over 100 complaints in the past week about scammers and he warns Ohioans against falling victim to these con artists.

"The number of these calls has clearly picked up as we get closer to tax filing time. They call you, it's an area code, many times is Washington DC area code 202. They tell you ‘they're from the IRS, you owe back taxes', you protest, but they're pretty convincing and they tell you that they're going to arrest you or repossess your car or all kinds of threats,” said Dewine.

Having you arrested is not something the IRS will threaten to do, according to their website. Additionally, they won't demand immediate payment, ask for your credit or debit card information over the phone, call you about taxes owed if they didn't first mail you a bill, or demand you pay taxes without giving you the chance to question the amount owed.

If you do get a bogus phone call from someone claiming to be with the IRS, report the incident to the Attorney General's office and your local police department.

If you've already fallen for a scam, still report it, but Dewine says those cases are hard to prosecute.

"They don't leave much trace, number one, number two they move around all the time, they're using a phone; they do what the drug dealers do, and that is they buy a phone and then they just throw it away,” said Dewine.

The scammers don't attack just by phone; the IRS website warns against bogus emails asking you to update your IRS e-file with a link that takes you to a phony IRS website. You can tell it's not legitimate because it's irsgov not

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The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email to request personal or financial information.

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