IRS warns of scam targeting North Carolina victims

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Protect yourself against this scam at tax season.

The IRS is warning of reoccurring scam each tax season. A random person calling you, claiming to be from the IRS to collect tax money. But don't believe them.

Authorities say the IRS will never call you to get your credit card information or demand you transfer money to pay your taxes. The agency will not threaten you with arrest or deportation.

Scammers often alter caller ID to make it look like the IRS or another agency is calling. The callers use IRS titles and fake badge numbers to appear legitimate. They may use the victim's name, address and other personal information to make the call sound official.

Just remember the IRS will contact you first via mail. Here's what you can do to stay safe:

- Hang up the phone and do not give out any personal information.
- You can call the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 1-800-366-4484
- You can also report this scam to the Feral Trade Commission at Use the "FTC Complaint Assistant" form on the website. Just add "IRS Telephone Scam" in the notes.

If you know you owe, or think you may owe tax, call the IRS at (800) 829-1040. IRS workers can help you.

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