BANGOR – It’s the time of year when people are busy processing their taxes.
It’s also when scam artists are finding new ways to take your hard earned money.
AARP of Maine is spreading the word about “The IRS Scam” which has become one of the most common. That’s when someone calls you claiming to be from the IRS and threatening that you owe money. Urging you to pay up immediately or risk going to jail.
The AARP wants to remind people the IRS will never call you, they’ll send a letter. The scammers are just trying to rattle you so you’ll give personal information they can use to take your money.
Jane Margesson, AARP Maine, said “And they make you feel also you have no time to react. You must pay immediately or be arrested. So it’s these red flags together we hope people remember.”
The scammers sometimes make it so your caller ID will show it’s the IRS calling, but don’t fall for it. This is just one of the many scams targeting seniors and others.
You can learn more by visiting the website for the AARP Fraud Watch Program.