CONCORD, N.H. (Legal
Newsline) — New Hampshire Attorney General Joseph A. Foster recently released a
statement warning consumers about potential IRS scams happening over the phone
throughout the state.
Since January, Foster’s
office has received complaints from more than 1,200 consumers. In alleged scams,
individuals will call consumers alleging to be from the IRS. They will demand payment
for taxes allegedly past due. The caller usually asks for a payment via debit
or credit card, and sometimes will even threaten consumers with arrest, wage
garnishment, or other forms of legal process.
The IRS notes that it will
almost always contact consumers first via mail. Additionally, it never asks for
credit card, debit card or prepaid card information over the phone. Foster
warns consumers to hang up immediately if called by one of these threatening and
A second IRS-related scam
can occur when an individual uses a stolen social security number to file a tax
return. The consumer usually finds out when they go to file their return and
then discovers that a fraudulent tax return has already been given to a thief
in his or her name.