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IRS scammers are getting aggressive, trying to prey on taxpayers

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- It is tax season crunch time, and scammers are looking for easy targets.

A recent phone scam is one of the worst the Better Business Bureau has seen. The scheme happens year-round, but since it is tax season, the BBB says IRS scammers are even more persistent.

Andrew Johnson works on cars for a living.

"I rebuild old cars, mustangs, just anything I get my hands on," said Johnson, who spend part of his Monday under the hood of a yellow mustang.
 
Recently, scammers were trying to get their hands on his money.

"I got a message stating that I was being prosecuted by the IRS," Johnson said. 

He still had the voicemail saved on his phone. You hear a woman's voice, partly saying, "The reason for this call is to inform the IRS is filing lawsuit against you." 

The voicemail was a surprise to Johnson. 

"I always file them on time. I never ever have a problem, ever." 

He called the number to see what it was all about.

"When I called back, fellow answered. Said his name was agent someone, he was very, very convincing that I was being sued," Johnson said.

He says the man was trying to get quite a bit of money out of him.

"When I informed him that I'd be happy to give him some money if he met with me in person at the sheriff's office so I'd have witnesses, he changed his tune and tried and tried and finally he hung up," Johnson laughed.

The Better Business Bureau is very aware of the scam.

"Month after month, day after day, there's not a day that goes by that we don't get at least a dozen calls about this IRS scam," said President and CEO of the BBB, Charles Mattingly. 

He says the scammers ask for money and personal information like social security and credit card numbers.

"It's the most persistent scam I've seen in 20 years at the BBB." 

He says the best thing to do is hang up. Plus, if you think you actually owe the IRS money, Mattingly says says you will know it.

"The IRS is never going to call you on the phone with that kind of threat. You're gonna have had correspondence from the IRS, you'll have mail from them, you'll be well aware that the IRS is seeking to collect, but they're never going to call you and threaten you in the way these callers do."

Johnson is glad he did not fall for it and that the only money he has lost is his tax return.

"I've already got my taxes back, and I've already spent the money."

For resources on how to tell it's scam and how to report it click here.

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