Tax filing over, but con game continues

The Internal Revenue Service warned that scams involving con artists calling to defraud people by claiming they owe taxes would not end on April 15.

And since that date, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office states it has received more than 50 reports of tax-related scams in the state.

“Tax season is over, but tax scams are continuing,” Attorney General DeWine stated in a release. “Con artists pretend to be the IRS and tell consumers there is a problem with their taxes. They make threats and demand immediate payment. A legitimate government agency will not do this.”

There are two easy ways to tell it’s a scam. One, it involves a phone call. Two, a caller demands immediate payment.

“The IRS will always send taxpayers a written notification of any tax due via the U.S. mail,” the agency advises. “The IRS never asks for credit card, debit card or prepaid card information over the telephone.”

People who receive such a call can report the incident to the Treasury inspector general for tax administration at (800) 366-4484.