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IRS says new scams employ new tricks, target more consumers

The Internal Revenue Service has issued a new alert warning taxpayers of scams targeting more people and employing new tactics to trick consumers.

The schemes can occur over the phone, in emails or through letters with authentic-looking letterhead.

In a new variation, the IRS said scammers alter what appears on your phone’s caller ID to make it seem as though they are with the IRS or another agency, such as the Department of Motor Vehicles. They use fake names, titles and badge numbers.

The scammers also use online resources to get your name, address and other details about your life to make the call sound official. In most cases, scammers make bogus threats to get immediate payment or obtain personal information.

The IRS said such scams have previously targeted seniors, newly arrived immigrants and non-native English speakers. Recently, the IRS said, scammers have expanded their net “and are now targeting virtually anyone.”

The IRS said it never calls to demand immediate payment and never requires payment without the opportunity to appeal. More information on tax payments can be obtained by calling 800-829-1040. Scams can be reported online at or by calling 800-366-4484.