AG Ken Paxton warns against IRS tax scam

Attorney General Ken Paxton warned Texans Tuesday about recurring tax-related scam involving unsolicited calls from people masquerading as Internal Revenue Service agents.

According to the press release, scam artists tell consumers that they owe back taxes and threaten to have them arrested if they do not provide immediate payment.

The attorney general warned that if a person is to receive an unexpected call from someone who claims to be with the Internal Revenue Service, follow the following tips from the Consumer Protection Division of the attorney general’s office:

  • Hang up! The IRS never makes unsolicited threatening phone calls.
  • The IRS will never ask a person to send money via wire or a prepaid credit card.
  • Don’t be fooled by caller ID indicating it’s the IRS. Scammers use “spoof” phone numbers to give the appearance of being legitimate.
  • Be suspicious of voice mail messages from scam artists who claim they’re with the IRS and leave a call back number with a Washington, D.C., area code. Report the phone number to the Texas attorney general’s office and the IRS.
  • If a person think he may owe money to the IRS, contact it directly at 800-829-1040 or at www.irs.gov.