NBCRightNow.com - Residents in Oregon may want to be aware of a sophisticated phone scam targeting taxpayers during the tax season.
The Oregon Department of Justice says the scammer tells the victim they owe money to the IRS or Oregon Department of Revenue. They tell the victim they must pay immediately through a temporary debit card or wire transfer. If the refuse payment, the scammer threatens arrest, deportation, or suspension of a business or driver's license.
The scammer often becomes aggressive and insulting.
"Oregonians need to be vigilant as the April 15th tax deadline approaches. The IRS and the Oregon Department of Revenue will never ask you to pay with a pre-paid debit card or make a wire transfer," said Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum
Other characteristics of this scam include:
If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS or Oregon Department of Revenue, here's what you should do: