AG issues 'urgent warning' about IRS scam artists

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The number of Arkansans receiving phone calls from scam artists posing as the Internal Revenue Service is so great Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has issued an urgent warning.

Rutledge said Tuesday her office has received a "large number of calls" reporting calls demanding payment immediately and threatening arrest if not received.

"The IRS is never going to call you unsolicited," Rutledge said. "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."

The IRS will never call and demand payment, require taxes to 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.

She said the con artists are now using robocalls, which allows them to reach a higher number of consumers.

Those who receive these threatening calls should not give out any personal information and hand up immediately, she said.

To report a call and file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission, call the U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at (800) 366-4484. Any scam emails should be forwarded to phishing@irs.gov.

Arkansans with questions about owed taxes should contact the IRS directly at (800) 829-1040.

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