Several Eastern Washington residents have called the Better Business Bureau recently after being the target of an Internal Revenue Service phone scam. Scammers claim victims owe money to the government.
The IRS would mail taxpayers written notification of any tax due, the BBB said. Real IRS officials will not ask for credit card, debit card or prepaid card information on the phone.
Scammers often recite the last four digits of a Social Security number or an address. Don't divulge PIN numbers, passwords or confidential access information for credit cards or bank accounts. And scammers can mask their own number and make it appear like the IRS on caller ID.
If you've been targeted by a scam, call police and then report it to the BBB at 509-455-4200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.