IRS Scammers Are Targeting College Students, Warns North Carolina Attorney General

Students report phony IRS agents threatening them with arrest for not paying a federal student tax

IRS Scammers Are Targeting College Students, Warns North Carolina Attorney General
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May 26, 2016

It's likely that a vast majority of college students look to a parent or other trusted adult to handle their taxes. That doesn't stop them from being a target of tax scams.

The North Carolina Attorney General's Office is reporting that North Carolina college students have been getting calls from people posing as IRS agents.

The phony agents demand that the students pay a federal student tax immediately. Some claim the tax is connected to student loans and threaten the student with arrest or loss of their degree if the supposed tax isn't paid right away.

Unfortunately, some students have already been tricked into paying. One sent $500 in iTunes gift cards and others have paid as much as $4,000 through MoneyGram.

In case you were wondering, there is no federal student tax. Even if there was, you'd have to pay it just like you would pay any other tax. The real IRS will never demand that you pay taxes using gift cards, deposits to strangers' bank accounts, or wire transfers.

If there's ever a problem with any taxes—federal or local—the appropriate government agency will first reach out to you by mail, NOT by phone. You'll never be asked to pay any legitimate tax over the phone and you'll never be threatened with arrest for not paying.

If you or your child has been a target of a scam like this, contact the North Carolina Attorney General's Office to file a complaint . Be sure to include the number the call appears to come from and the number you're told to call to pay the taxes or fines.

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