BANGOR – State officials are warning about the latest scam seeking to take your money.
The IRS has hired four collection agencies in an attempt to recoup overdue federal taxes.
Scam artists are now taking advantage of the situation and have been calling Mainer’s while posing as those collection agencies.
According to Maine’s Bureau of Consumer Credit Protection, the IRS will first send you a letter informing you a debt collector will be contacting you. You’ll also get complete details about the collector.
It’s the calls that seemingly come out of the blue that you really have to worry about.
David Leach, Bureau of Consumer Credit Protection, said “They’ll say, hey, you need to wire this money immediately. Western Union, Money Gram. Heck, they’ll even take ITunes cards or gift cards. That’s when you know it’s wrong. That’s when you know it’s a scam.”
Leach says the legitimate collectors will also send a letter and any money that’s sent will go directly to the IRS and not to the collector itself.
Hundreds of Mainer’s have already reported getting calls from the scammers.
If you also receive such a call, the Bureau of Consumer Credit Protections wants to hear from you.