With the deadline to file income tax returns nearing, the South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs (SCDCA) is warning of phony IRS scams.
Communications director of the department of consumer affairs, Juliana Harris, told South Carolina Radio Network that the IRS cons are done over the phone and the callers are usually aggressive and demanding. “If you’re getting a calls from someone that says you owe money, you’re going to be deported or arrested or sued and their claiming to represent the IRS, you definitely want to hang up and contact the IRS,” Harris said.
“The IRS scam is something that has been something going around pretty rampantly here lately,” said Harris.
She said the IRS will start their communications with a letter through the mail. Not a phone call or email.
For more information on defending against and reporting scams, request a copy of SCDCA’s scam guide, Ditch the Pitch, by calling 800-922-1594 or view a digital copy by visiting www.consumer.sc.gov and clicking the scams button under helpful links.