DOJ releases number of scamming victims

DOJ releases number of scamming victims
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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The United States Department of Justice released numbers Tuesday on just how many people have been scammed by fake Internal Revenue Service employees.

Chris Thyer, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas, announced Tuesday that since October of 2013, taxpayers have been subjected to "unprecedented attempts" by scammers to get their money.

"The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) has received reports of over 1.6 million impersonation related calls," the release stated.

Of those people, 8,600 victims reported losses of almost $47 million.

"Victimizing taxpayers by impersonating Internal Revenue Service employees is a serious crime," Thyer said. "TIGTA and our law enforcement partners will do everything within our power to ensure that those involved in the impersonation of IRS employees are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."

If you feel you've received a call from these scammers, call TIGTA at 1-800-366-4484, and remember, never provide your personal information to callers if you're not sure of their identity.

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