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CONTACT 13: New twist to IRS scam

Posted at 3:49 PM, May 07, 2016
and last updated 2018-11-21 17:45:52-05

Tax season is over but thieves are still posing as IRS agents and ripping people off. But the latest scam has a new twist.

The new angle has the scammer asking for iTunes cards. The U.S. Treasury has issued a warning on their website and people can report them here.

Joe Domenick got an unexpected call Thursday. It was someone telling him he owned $7,500 in back taxes. He was facing jail time unless he paid up immediately.

"I've never had a problem in my life with the IRS, and I'm very naive to this, and I got very scared," he said.

So Domenick gave them $3,000 and also his address, date of birth and even his social security number.

"He wanted the whole social security number," Domenick said. "I said you want the whole number? So I figured well it's a verification."

Domenick started questioning the legitimacy of the call after hanging up and then reached out to Contact 13.

The IRS will never call taxpayers. They will always receive notices through the U.S. Postal Service and they'll never threaten to arrest you. Taxpayers also have the right to contest any money the IRS claims they owe.

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