SCAM ALERT: BBB warns East Texans about false IRS calls
Tyler, TX (KETK) — Every year during tax season, scammers try to take money from tax payers. Unfortunately, this year is no different. The Better Business Bureau of East Texas is warning residents about a new scam sweeping the area.
Imposters are calling residents claiming to be the IRS, saying there is something wrong with their tax return. KETK spoke with the President of the BBB, Mechele Mills, who said, "They're calling them on the phone, and basically using scare tactics saying there is problems with your return or we want to verify some information on your account". Additionally, they're targeting the elderly.
Officials are also warning residents about another scam, where residents are being told they have won a BBB sweepstakes award of $2.5 million. Victims only need to pay a large processing fee. Mills said, "Somebody is using a very well known and a very well respected company or organization just to kind of get through that extra layer of trust".
So before you wire money, we have some very important safety tips.
- Verify who you are speaking with by checking the phone number or calling them back.
- Call the BBB to verify the legitimacy of the business at 903-581-5704.
- Check the IRS website at www.irs.gov.
- Do not give any personal information over the phone; this includes social security and bank account numbers.
- If it seems too good to be true, it probably is. Keep passwords, login names, and pin numbers to yourself.