8/2 SCAM ALERT: Beware of New IRS Imposter Scam

There’s a new twist to the IRS imposter scam. Scammers call taxpayers to claim the IRS has already mailed them two certified letters about an outstanding tax bill, but the letters were returned as undeliverable. The scammer threatens immediate arrest unless the tax bill is paid using a prepaid debit card. The IRS and its authorized private collection agencies do not accept prepaid debit cards, wire transfers or gift cards as forms of payment. It’s a scam if you are threatened with arrest for nonpayment. Report IRS imposter scams to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration online or by phone, 800-366-4484.

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.

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