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More tax scams reported as filing deadline nears

March 21, 2017

This year’s tax filing deadline is April 18, 2017, and more consumers are reporting tax-related scams as the deadline approaches.

The most common tax scam reported to the Ohio Attorney General’s Office is the “IRS” imposter phone scam, where con artists call, claim you’re in trouble with the IRS, and tell you to pay to resolve the supposed problem.

The scammers may claim you owe back taxes, have an arrest warrant in your name, or could face legal action if you don’t pay immediately.

Often they’ll ask for payment using gift cards, telling you to buy the cards at a store then read the card numbers over the phone. With this information, they can drain the card’s funds. Once the money is gone, it is nearly impossible to recover.

To avoid scams: