Lincoln, NE~~Attorney General Jon Bruning is asking Nebraskans to be wary of a phone scam reported by the IRS as the largest of its kind. Victims are reporting threats of driver’s license suspension, arrest, and deportation.
Bruning says his office received 20 reports of the scam since January. Bruning adds calls may appear legitimate because the scammer has spoofed an IRS number for caller IDs and the caller often knows the last four digits of the victim’s Social Security number. Scammers may also try to claim they are with a law enforcement agency or the DMV and may contact the victim via bogus follow-up emails.
Attorney General Bruning reminds Nebraskans the IRS usually contacts people by mail - not by phone - about unpaid taxes. In addition, the IRS won’t ask for payment using a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer, nor will they involve law enforcement or immigration agencies.
If you receive a call demanding payment for an alleged tax debt:
- Don’t give personal information like Social Security numbers or banking information to unsolicited callers, regardless of who they claim to be.
- Remember, it’s ok to hang up when unsolicited callers request personal information.
- Verify any alleged tax debt with the IRS directly at (800) 829-1040.
- Never wire money or send pre-paid debit cards to strangers. Once the money is sent, it is nearly impossible to recover.
- Report any threats to local law enforcement.