Now that it’s tax season, the number of attempts by scam artists to steal a taxpayer’s identity, or con people into paying money that they don’t owe, has increased dramatically.
Recently, Dottie Callina ─ manager of communications with the Better Business Bureau serving metro Atlanta, Athens and northeast Georgia ─ talked with WABE's Steve Goss about how to protect yourself from a tax season scam.
"The IRS will never call you about taxes that you owe," Callina said. "They will never demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe. They will require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes. They will never ask you for a credit or debit card over the phone, and they will never threaten to bring in local police or other law enforcement groups to have you arrested."
If you receive any suspicious telephone calls, emails or letters, call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040 or visit irs.gov for help.