RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- Tax season is here, and along with it this year, is the largest-ever phone fraud scam targeting you, the taxpayer. It seems there is always a scam to be on the lookout for these days, but hopefully, taxpayers can be warned before they are targeted.
According to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, this is the largest scam of its kind. The scammers who call claiming to be IRS officials have managed to collect more than $1 million from American taxpayers. Scammers threaten those who refuse to pay with arrest, deportation, or loss of a business or driver's license.
The truth is, the IRS will first contact you by mail about unpaid taxes, not via the phone. Also, the IRS will not ask for payment using a prepaid debit card or wire transfer.
If you have any questions about unpaid taxes, or how to report being contacted by a scammer, call 1-800-829-1040.