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New Scam Impersonates The IRS

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Phone scams aren’t new, but there’s an updated one to look out for: someone impersonating the Internal Revenue Service trying to get your money.

If you’ve received a voicemail that said, “the reason of this call is to inform you that IRS is filing lawsuit against you,” Bill Brunson with the Internal Revenue Service said it’s a scam.

He said the agency won’t contact taxpayers by phone unless there’s an ongoing situation.

“Those calls are scammers trying to get money out of your pocket into theirs,” Brunson said. “Don’t fall victim to it. The Internal Revenue Service just doesn’t do business this way.”

Brunson said the IRS will send a letter first if there’s an issue. He said to report “robocalls” on the IRS website and to give them a call if you have a question about your account.

Katy Burge was an intern at KJZZ in 2016.