Local scam targets taxpayers

Local scam targets taxpayers

Amarillo, TX - A scam is threatening taxpayers to pay up or go to jail.

Today (Oct.15) is the last day to file your taxes with an extension, and scammers are preying on those who filed late. A
s the season comes to a close, scammers are making phone calls and posing as the IRS, putting fear into many taxpayers. 

Sherrie Slayton, a tax consultant at TAXequences, said the fear of owing taxes is highest during this time of year, which makes it easier to fall victim to a scam claiming they are from the IRS.

"I've never seen the fraud happen like its happening now," Slayton said. "Today being Oct. 15, is the last filing deadline of the extensions and I had three clients call yesterday in just a matter of hours and had gotten these phone calls that were recorded messages from a 202 phone number that said they needed to call in immediately or they were going to face fraud or theft charges. They stated they were from the IRS."

Slayton said the IRS does not do prerecorded messages, nor do they call anyone personally on the phone. If you feel you are a victim of this scam or are uncertain if you owe taxes to the IRS, call them directly at 1-800-829-1040.