LAS VEGAS - It's tax time, and scam artists have devised a clever way to steal your hard-earned money.
If you get a phone call from the Internal Revenue Service saying you qualify for a nice refund, hang up.
Reports have surfaced in southern Nevada of people receiving phone calls from a number with a 202 area code. That's the area code for Washington, D.C.
On the other end of the line is someone saying they are with the IRS and that you qualify for a refund of more than $2,000.
Like most scams, the caller says your bank account information is needed to send you a direct deposit for the refund. Instead of sending you a cash refund, they will drain your account.
The IRS has confirmed this is a scam and wants to warn all southern Nevadans to not fall for it. The IRS will not call you offering a refund, and to get one, you must first file your taxes.
This isn't the only tax scam circulating the valley. Another one comes in the form of an e-mail claiming to be from the IRS.
The e-mail states you have a tax refund owed to you and they'll deposit it directly to your Visa or MasterCard. All you have to do is fill out an attached form. Don't do that either. It's just another scam.
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