8 on Your Side warns about IRS phone scam

LAS VEGAS - People across the valley are receiving calls from someone claiming to represent the Internal Revenue Service. The calls are scaring people, but as 8 on Your Side discovered, there is nothing to fear.

If you get one of these calls, hang up the phone. 8 on Your Side first reported in March and April about the IRS scam. The IRS will never call someone directly.

Still, 8 on Your Side is receiving dozens of calls a week from people caught by this scam.

The call usually starts with the person claiming to be an IRS agent. The caller then tells the victim that he or she owes the government money and must pay immediately with a green dot money card.

Ignore the caller's claims, even if the caller threatens to have you arrested or freeze your bank accounts. This is nothing more than a scam.

The number that appears on caller ID is irrelevant. These fraudsters use ghost numbers, or phone numbers that look legitimate, that appear on caller ID as ‘IRS'.

The IRS will never call you, and no government agency would ever require people to pay a fine with a green dot money card. Anyone who only takes payment through a green dot card is scamming you.

If you have a problem you want investigated, contact 8 on Your Side at 702-650-1907.


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