IRS seeing rise of imposters using tax scams to steal your money

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RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — The incidence of IRS imposters and other criminals looking to use tax scams as a way to cheat you out of money is on the increase.

The hallmark of these scams is to confuse you and force you into making quick decisions, a decision that will relieve you of your money–but not relieve you of your tax burden.

A viewer contacted Consumer Investigator Steve Sbraccia about an urgent-sounding voice message from someone claiming to be from the so-called “Division of Financial Relief.”

The caller claimed because of the COVID relief act signed by the president, your unpaid back taxes are forgiven.

“You do not need to pay back any past-due taxes as they have been deemed non-collectible,” said the caller.

The message tried to coerce the recipient into acting quickly, saying they would miss out unless they “acted within the special enrollment period.

Mona Passmore, Acting Special Agent…

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