As tax filing season winds down, be on the alert for the IRS tax scam. A caller, claiming to be an IRS employee, says you owe taxes and you face arrest if you do not pay immediately. Know that the IRS will not call to demand immediate payment without first sending you a notification by mail, will not ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone, and will not threaten to bring in local police or other law enforcement to arrest you for nonpayment. If you have any doubts, call the IRS directly at 800-829-1040.

Be a fraud fighter!  If you can spot a scam, you can stop a scam.

Report scams to local law enforcement. Contact the AARP Fraud Watch Network at www.aarp.org/fraudwatchnetwork for more information on fraud prevention.