IRS: Phone scams continue to be a serious threat

A warning as tax season gets underway: Internal Revenue Service officials say thousands of people are getting calls from people pretending to be from the IRS, claiming you owe them money and better pay up.

A Florida woman is one of a million who recently received threatening phone calls from fake IRS employees, claiming she owed the government thousands of dollars in back taxes.

The callers told her if she didn't pay the amount in full, they would seize her cars, house and paycheck.

Fortunately, the woman released it was a scam.

"It just infuriates me that they prey on the elderly and people who don't really know," said Sheila Jennings.

Since 2013, the IRS has received more than 200,000 complaints regarding scam-related calls and it's estimated about 300,000 people were swindled out of nearly $14 million.


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