CHICAGO - Victims are are targeted by scammers claiming to be IRS agents.
According to various reports, more than 20,000 people have been duped. Scammers impersonate IRS agents and demand payment for owed taxes. They threaten victims by saying they'll suspend their driver's license, arrest, even deport in some cases.
"The last thing you want to receive is a phone call from the IRS saying you owe money and threatening law enforcement involvement" says AARP Associate State Director Terri Worman. "These phone calls are fraudulent, aimed at scaring individuals and robbing them of their hard-earned money."
Often, scammers know the victim's Social Security number. They also make caller ID appear as if it's coming from the IRS.
Anyone who's been contacted by these scammers are urged to call the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 800-366-4484. You can also file a complaint online with the Federal Trade Commission.