A Colorado Springs woman gets a call from a scammer claiming to be with the IRS.
Even though we're well past the deadline to file taxes, scammers are still trying to scare people into giving them money.
Linai Singh lives in Colorado Springs, and says the caller told her she was being audited. To avoid jail, the caller said she had to pay $2,400 over the phone.
"But they just made it sound so real. It was so real that I would have to pay these back taxes and they're going to put a lien on my house, and if I do not pay this there's going to be a warrant for my arrest," said Singh.
She says the caller sounded convincing, but his story didn't add up, so she called the number back.
"And when i called him back he answered the phone, IRS. Now I don't think anyone will ever call a government agency and not get an automated system," said Singh.
The experts say these types of scams can happen year round, and not just around the tax deadline.
To spot this scam, the key is to know how the IRS operates so you won't be caught off guard.
Debby Miller, the President of Phases Accounting and Tax Services in Colorado Springs, says if a person is being audited they will receive a letter in the mail from the IRS.
She says crooks are using scare tactics to scam people out of their money.
"People are afraid of the IRS so that makes them prey to the scamsters. I believe that people are always out there to scam people and if they think they can take advantage of somebody, they will," said Miller.
Miller also says you can't go to jail for not paying your taxes.
"There's no jail time for not paying your taxes. You can be put in jail for not filing a tax return, but there's no pauper's prison anymore," said Miller.
If you ever have a question about your status with the IRS regarding an audit, you can ask a local tax professional to look it up for you.
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