Scammers prey during tax season

It is tax season, and it's also tax scam season.

"There's a few folks that have lost a lot of money," said IRS spokesperson Bill Brunson.

Bill Brunson with the Internal Revenue Service is sounding the alarm about an increase in the number of people receiving calls from someone claiming to be with the IRS.

"These folks are very aggressive, they are not nice, they want your money in their pocket," said Brunson.

"Hi my name is officer Jonathan Knight, and I'm calling from the Federal Investigation Department of the IRS," said a scammer.

That's a recorded message from someone who says they are with the IRS and want to collect cash.

"We found there was a flawed on your taxes which you are hiding from the federal government," said the scammer on the recording.

"The caller will say they are from the IRS, they're not. They're going to say you owe taxes, you might have to pay them today with a debit card or some sort of wire transfer, if you don't they're going to send the police over and have you arrested," said Brunson.

And all that should be your first clue the caller is not who they say they are.

"The IRS does not do business that way, if you do owe we will send you a bill in the mail, and you have the right to contest that you have rights as a taxpayer," he said.

And if you do get one of the calls?

"Don't engage, just simply hang up," said Brunson.
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