Scammers are getting more ruthless in using new ways to trick consumers into sending them thousands of dollars. A new twist on the scheme is a phony IRS tax scam, which the Better Business Bureau reports has resulted in victims sending the scammers thousands of dollars. In one case, the crooks told a blind victim he owed back taxes and intimidated him into emptying out his bank account.
Better Business Bureau spokesman Bill Smith tells The Big Z the scammer telling the victim they owe the government a lot of money.
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Smith says if a caller claims to represent law enforcement or a government agency, get the person’s name and affiliation and tell them you will call back. Look up the phone number for the agency and use that number to contact authorities. The agency will be able to tell you if the call is legitimate.