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IRS warns about latest tax scam

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Even though the tax filing due date has passed, scammers are still trying to deceive unsuspecting victims.

Alert: The IRS is cautioning taxpayers about a new scam making the rounds. (Internal Release IR-2017-17, 6/15/17) It involves the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS).

In this scam, someone impersonating an IRS representative on the phone demands an immediate tax payment through a prepaid debit card.

“This is a new twist to an old scam,” said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. “Just because tax season is over, scams and schemes do not take the summer off. People should stay vigilant against IRS impersonation scams. People should remember that the first contact they receive from the IRS will not be through a random, threatening phone call.”

Here’s the whole story: The scam begins when a caller claims to be from the IRS. He or she tells the target about two certified letters that were purportedly sent to the taxpaye...(register to read more)

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