Internal Revenue Service

IRS Scam More Aggressive and Prevalent

You paid your taxes months ago, but now people across the state are getting bogus calls, claiming they owe money to the IRS.

The scammers behind the calls are getting more aggressive.

Lorraine Cahill received several calls at her Rocky Hill home.

“They are persistent; they called me three times,” Cahill said.

The callers left voicemails on her answering machine, telling her she owes tax money to the IRS and warning her the issue is time sensitive. They threaten to take legal action if she doesn't pay up right away.

Cahill said she had a feeling it was a scam and refused to send money.

“I think it’s deplorable what they're doing they're preying on people,” Cahill explained.

The State Attorney General and Department of Consumer Protection are warning the public against falling victim for the scam, which has become more pervasive since the NBC Connecticut Troubleshooters first reported it in February.

“It’s an invasion of your privacy they’re calling you on your personal home phone,” Cahill said.

In some cases, the callers know your personal information, including the last four digits of your social security number and bank account number.

If you receive a scam call, hang up immediately and never send money, the IRS says. If you actually owe on your taxes, the IRS will mail you a written notification, and will never reach out through an unsolicited phone call.

Scam victims are encouraged to report calls to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.

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