The president of the Better Busines Bureau in Northeast Florida tells WOKV scammers are attempting to take advantage of taxpayers right before the April 15th filing deadline.
Tom Stephens says scammers claiming to be an IRS agents are calling people to demand money or else face imprisonment. But he says dont fall for it if they call your phone.
"It's obviously completely bogus. The IRS would never do that. They would never call you and collect money that way."
Stephens says the caller typically asks to speak to a female.
"If it's a couple they are only going to speak to the wife because she's the one who 'owes' the back taxes."
So far, Stephens says he hasn't received too many complaints. He tells WOKV anywhere between 6 or 8 cases have come in. He expects that number to increase as we get closer to the April 15th filing deadline.
He suggests hanging up if you receive one of these phone calls. He tells us the IRS doesn't operate that way, they'd send correspondence through the mail to alert people of any taxes owed.