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Attorney General Jeff Landry warns consumers of IRS phone scam

Attorney General Jeff Landry warns consumers of IRS phone scam

BATON ROUGE, LA – Attorney General Jeff Landry is warning Louisiana residents and businesses to be vigilant of telephone scammers claiming to be associated with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

Recently, Attorney General Jeff Landry’s Consumer Protection Section has received calls from people reporting that they have been contacted by scammers identifying themselves as IRS representatives.

Victims are told they owe money to the IRS, and it must be paid promptly through a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer. If the victim refuses to cooperate, they are then threatened with arrest or suspension of business and driver’s licenses. In many cases, the caller becomes hostile and insulting.

If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS:

If you know you owe taxes or you think you might owe taxes, call the IRS at 800-829-1040. The IRS employees at that line can help you with a payment issue – if there really is such an issue.

If you know you do not owe taxes or have no reason to think that you owe any taxes (for example, you’ve never received a bill or the caller made some bogus threats as described above), call to report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 800-366-4484.