Rutledge Issues Urgent Warning About IRS Phone Scam
April 5, 2016
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today issued an urgent warning to Arkansans after her office received a large number of calls, reporting scam artists are posing as the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) demanding payment immediately and threatening arrest if payment is not received.
“The IRS is never going to call you unsolicited,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “The IRS will send you letter on top of letter. This is a common scam that is hitting more and more Arkansans the closer it gets to tax day.”
Rutledge says that these con artists are now using robocalls, which allows them to reach a higher number of consumers, while purporting to be the IRS.
Arkansans need to remember the IRS will never call and demand payment, require taxes be paid in a certain way, ask for credit or debit card numbers or threaten to bring police or other agencies to make an arrest for unpaid taxes.
The IRS strongly recommends Arkansans who receive these threatening calls not give out any personal information and hang up immediately, contact the U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at (800) 366-4484 to report the call and file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission. The agency also requests that any scam emails be forwarded to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The IRS encourages Arkansans with any questions about owed taxes to contact their office directly at (800) 829-1040.
For more information about other common scams and consumer-related issues, contact the Arkansas Attorney General’s office at (800) 482-8982 or consumer@ArkansasAG.gov or visit ArkansasAG.gov or facebook.com/AGLeslieRutledge.