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Once again the IRS is warning the public about phone scams that continue to claim victims across the country. In these scams, thieves make unsolicited phone calls to their intended victims. Callers fraudulently claim to be from the IRS and demand immediate payment of taxes by a prepaid debit card, money order, or wire transfer.
To avoid becoming a victim of these scams, you should know:
Scammers may tell would-be victims that they owe money and that they must pay what they owe immediately. They may also tell them that they are entitled to a large refund. Other characteristics of these scams include:
If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, here’s what you should do:
The IRS encourages you to be vigilant against phone and email scams that use the IRS as a lure. Visit the IRS website, www.IRS.gov, to learn how to report tax fraud and for more information on what you can do to avoid becoming a victim. For more information regarding this particular scam please visit the following website and read the TGITA’s press release: https://www.treasury.gov/tigta/press/press_tigta-2016-01.htm.
If you have been contacted by a Scammer claiming to be from the IRS, and provided personal information such as your VISA debit card number or social security number, please contact our Call Center at (607) 734-3374, or stop by your local branch office today.
Elmira Savings Bank
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Phone: (607) 734-3374
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