Inspector General George noted that the scam has hit taxpayers in every state in the country. Callers claiming to be from the IRS tell intended
victims they owe taxes and must pay using a pre-paid debit card, money
order or a wire transfer. The scammers threaten those who refuse to pay
with being charged for a criminal violation, a grand jury indictment,
immediate arrest, deportation or loss of a business or driver's license.
Here is what you need to know. The IRS generally first contacts people
by mail - not by phone - about unpaid taxes and the IRS will not ask for
payment using a prepaid debit card, a money order or wire a transfer.
The IRS also will not ask for a credit card number over the phone.