Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) October 24, 2013
Scambook, the Internets leading consumer advocacy platform, is warning consumers about a recent phone-based tax scam generated by fake IRS agents who are demanding consumers pay alleged back taxes. The scammers threaten the victims with criminal arrest or other legal actions if they do not comply.
This incident has been reported in Virginia Beach, but it’s the type of scam that could happen to consumers anywhere, says Scambooks Director of Marketing Kase Chong. The scammers use bullying tactics to scare the victim into paying these imaginary back-taxes or fees. They demand that the victim pay via pre-paid money card, and we’d like to remind consumers that this is a huge red flag indicating a scam.
Regardless of recent technological developments and the IRS becoming more flexible with its payment methods in the past years, the organization does not approve of a pre-paid credit card as a means of payment.
To spot fraudulent offers and know the best defense against these types of scams, Scambook advises consumers to refer to the following tips: