Hundreds of NC Residents Reporting Phony Tax Collection Calls

Anyone who received a call should report it to the North Carolina Attorney General's office

Hundreds of NC Residents Reporting Phony Tax Collection Calls
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May 11, 2016

Getting calls from people claiming to be tax collectors? You're not alone.

The North Carolina Attorney General's Office is reporting that hundreds of consumers from across the state have gotten calls claiming to be from the IRS or U.S. Treasury officials who demand immediate payment. The calls include a recorded message that says you owe taxes and threatens a lawsuit or arrest if you don't pay right away.

Around 500 consumers have reported fraudulent tax collector calls to the North Carolina Attorney General's Office in the past 10 days, with most of the reports coming from area codes 919 and 252.

The North Carolina Attorney General's Office is working with the IRS and telephone companies to try to identify the source of the calls and stop them.

If you get one of these scam calls, please report it to the North Carolina Attorney General's Office.

Remember, legitimate government agencies like the IRS will never demand that you pay taxes using iTunes gift cards, money orders, or wire transfers.