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BBB Warns of IRS Phone Scam

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NASHVILLE, Tenn.-- The Better Business Bureau is warning against a phone scam targeting people all over the country, including middle Tennessee. 

A Fayetteville woman was among those contacted by IRS impersonators who are targeting taxpayers and immigrants, demanding they pay taxes they don't owe by loading money onto a prepaid card or sending money via wire transfer. Those who don't pay immediately are threatened with jail time, deportation, loss of business, suspension of driver's license or even a visit from an IRS agent. 

The impersonators have even gone to the length of making the IRS' toll-free number appear on caller ID and includes background noise along with false agent badge numbers. They have even provided the individual's last four digits of their social security number. If the initial call doesn't work, additional calls posing as DMV agents or police have been attempted.

The BBB and IRS remind residents they would never be contacted by phone about unpaid taxes and would never ask for pre-paid debit card or wire transfers. 

Those who have been contacted by such impostors are asked to file a complaint by calling 800-366-4484 or go to FTC.gov and put "IRS Telephone Scam" in the comments of your complaint.

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