CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginians are being warned about phone scammers posing as agents for the Internal Revenue Service.
Attorney General Patrick Morrisey said some have reported calls from someone pretending to work for IRS and threatening them with arrest or other punishment if they don't pay a certain amount using a pre-paid debit card or money order.
According to the IRS, the callers who commit this fraud often use common names and give fake IRS badge numbers, know the last four digits of the victim's Social Security number, send fake emails and call a second time claiming to be the police or Department of Motor Vehicles to support their claim.
Morrisey said anyone who believes they may have a tax issue should contact the IRS directly.
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