Be Alert for Fake IRS Calls

Fake IRS calls are hitting Wisconsin residents hard, and everyone is asked to be on guard against these scam attempts. Two Door County residents recently reported falling victim to these scammers. If you receive one of these calls, hang up immediately. The Consumer Protection Hotline at the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) has seen a spike in inquiries about this scam. Consumers statewide are reporting aggressive calls from scammers claiming to be with the IRS, demanding immediate payment for phony back taxes. The callers typically threaten the potential victims with legal action or jail time. Do not fall for this scam, and tell your friends, coworkers and family members to be on alert. The IRS will never call you demanding immediate payment or making threats. If there is an actual issue with your taxes, the IRS will contact you by postal mail – not by phone or email. If you question the legitimacy of a communication from a governmental agency, contact DATCP’s Consumer Protection Hotline (800.422.7128) or call the misrepresented agency directly to inquire.

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