Beware IRS scams

 

My husband has been called twice in the past week by different people, each claiming to be from the IRS. They use U.S.-based phone numbers, but are, in fact, overseas. Each claimed we had filed fraudulent tax returns and that we owed several thousand dollars. Each threatened deportation, confiscation of our home, our cars, our paychecks. Each claimed someone was coming to arrest my husband.

Clearly, they were hoping he would give them our bank information, telling them to take what they needed to avoid deportation or arrest. The IRS doesn’t operate this way. It will send a letter, it doesn’t call and threaten arrest or deportation.

Everyone should be careful and not give anyone information. If someone calls threatening an audit or lawsuit, call the IRS and ask if there is, in fact, anything outstanding against you. Do not fall for this scam.

Leslie Taheri, Pembroke Pines

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