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Date: May 15, 2014

Wasden Warns Idahoans of IRS Agent Telephone Scam

(Boise) – Attorney General Lawrence Wasden today warned Idahoans about threatening phone calls allegedly from agents of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

The callers are telling Idahoans that "officers of the law will take legal action" and sometimes have said "lethal action" if the person fails to pay back taxes from the previous five years. The callers demand payment by credit cards, prepaid debit cards or wire transfers. The phone numbers provided by the alleged agent of the IRS are answered by a person identifying themselves as a special agent.

"When a member of my staff called the telephone number seeking additional information, the 'special agent' promptly hung up when she identified herself as working for the Idaho Attorney General's Office," Wasden said. "The IRS has warned citizens concerning these types of scams. However, this is the first time we have heard of a threat of lethal action."

Anyone wondering about owing back federal taxes should seek help by contacting the IRS Taxpayer Assistance Office at (800) 829-1040. If you believe you owe back state taxes, contact the Idaho State Tax Commission, Taxpayer Services at (800) 972–7660.

"The IRS and the Idaho State Tax Commission do not call Idahoans threatening them with harm, and citizens who receive these types of calls should hang up immediately," Wasden said.

"The IRS does not call people and demand payment by wire transfer or credit cards. These calls are scams aimed at stealing taxpayers' money."

Wasden recommends that consumers receiving these calls, and others like it, do the following:

  1. Do not provide any bank account or other personal or financial information to a person or company that you don't know.
  2. Do not wire money to a person or company you don't know.
  3. Hang up the phone.
  4. If you think you owe taxes, call the IRS and the Idaho State Tax Commission directly.

For more information on this scam, and others like it, please contact the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division at 334–2424 or (800) 432–3545.

Click here to listen to an actual telephone recording of this IRS Scam.

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