Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016 — New York
With April 15th fast approaching, the telemarketing fraudsters are ramping up. According to law enforcement agencies, reports of scams like the ones we saw last year, are back with a vengeance.
"Taxpayers across the nation face a deluge of these aggressive phone scams. Don't be fooled by callers pretending to be from the IRS in an attempt to steal your money," said John Koskinen, current IRS Commissioner, in a release from the Internal Revenue Service.
There are steps you can take to protect yourself, according to Koskinen and the IRS, who outlined the original five signs, which can be found here.
Five Telltale Signs That a Scammer is Calling (and you should hang up):
Next Steps...U.S. Treasury
The FCC also runs the DoNotCall website, which can help reduce the number of unwanted calls, but probably not the scammers. The web page is here:
You can add it to our own Callstorm.com database here:
http://www.callstorm.com/ + number that called you
The FCC also maintains a call list. To file a complaint you can reach them at
TTY: 1-888-TELL-FCC (1-888-835-5322);
ASL Videophone: 1-844-432-2275 or on their website at: