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USA Today: IRS watchdog: Phone scam is largest ever - Thursday, March 20, 2014
Criminals masquerading as Internal Revenue Service agents have bilked more than $1 million from thousands of taxpayers in the largest such phone scam the IRS has seen, the agency's watchdog said Thursday.

J. Russell George, Treasury inspector general for tax administration, said more than 20,000 taxpayers have been targeted by bogus tax agents who claim victims owe taxes and demand they pay with a prepaid debit card or by wire transfer.

The thieves tell victims they could be arrested, deported or lose their business or driver's license if they refuse, George said in a news release, the latest in the agency's year-long awareness campaign.
Taxpayers who owe are generally contacted first by mail, and bona fide IRS agents never insist on payment by debit card or wire transfer, and they don't ask for credit card numbers over the phone.

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