State agency seeing “influx” of complaints about fake IRS calls

MADISON (WAOW) – A state agency is warning consumers about fake IRS phone calls after "seeing an influx in reports," authorities said Wednesday.

"Today alone, the Consumer Protection Hotline has received at least four times as many calls about this scam as on Friday," said Jerad Albracht, a spokesman for the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.

The scammers threaten arrest if the consumer does not make an immediate payment for phony taxes, he said. And the "aggressive nature" of the scammers has many callers to the hotline distressed.

The agency advises consumers to hang up on the fraudulent calls and take no further action.

"There is no truth to their claims and you are NOT at risk of arrest!" Albracht said in a statement. "The IRS will never call you and threaten arrest for back taxes."

 

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