8 on Your Side: Beware of Rampant Income Tax Scam - 8 News NOW

8 on Your Side: Beware of Rampant Income Tax Scam

Posted: Updated:

LAS VEGAS - As April 15 approaches, tax scams are becoming more prevalent. 8 on Your Side issues a warning about one phone scam that could cost victims a fortune.

Phone scams now top the Internal Revenue Service's ‘Dirty Dozen Scam List', and these fraudsters are hitting southern Nevada.

Ray Kamo was a recent target. Just before 8 a.m. one morning, Kamo received a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS. The caller said Kamo committed tax fraud and owed $2,700 to the government. The caller told Kamo he had to pay the amount immediately via a Green Dot money card.

Kamo says the caller, who went by the name of Kevin Johnson and claimed to be an IRS agent, told Kamo if he didn't pay immediately, his bank accounts and credit cards would be frozen, and his assets would be seized.

Kamo refused. Undeterred, the caller said police were en route to arrest Kamo. Suspicious, Ray hung up the phone and looked up a local number for the IRS. That's when he learned this was a big scam and one that is common this time of year.

Here's how to avoid this scam.

First, know the IRS will never call you. They always contact you via mail. Second, anytime someone asks you to send money on a Green Dot money card, that is a sign it is a scam. Don't do it. Finally, spread the word, because people still fall for scams like these.

If you have a problem you want investigated, contact 8 on Your Side at 702-650-1907.

  • Las Vegas NewsLas Vegas NewsMore>>

  • Preparations underway for mountain flood control project

    Preparations underway for mountain flood control project

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 9:30 AM EDT2014-09-02 13:30:10 GMT
    The Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Forest Service are helping to prevent dangerous floods from hitting homes on Mount Charleston. On Tuesday, crews will partially shut down Kyle Canyon Road from U.S. 95 to the turnoff to Rainbow Canyon Road.More>>
    The Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Forest Service are helping to prevent dangerous floods from hitting homes on Mount Charleston. On Tuesday, crews will partially shut down Kyle Canyon Road from U.S. 95 to the turnoff to Rainbow Canyon Road.More>>
  • Las Vegas offers staycation options for locals

    Las Vegas offers staycation options for locals

    Monday, September 1 2014 9:40 AM EDT2014-09-01 13:40:06 GMT
    While Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer, resorts across the valley are still offering some great deals for Las Vegas residents.More>>
    While Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer, resorts across the valley are still offering some great deals for Las Vegas residents.More>>
  • Driving You Crazy: Placement of left-turn lane markings

    Driving You Crazy: Placement of left-turn lane markings

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 9:40 AM EDT2014-09-02 13:40:05 GMT
    A driver asks why stop bars in left turn lanes are far back from where the intersections start. He says this leads to drivers cutting corners and ending up in the wrong lanes, cutting him off as he attempts left turns.More>>
    A driver asks why stop bars in left turn lanes are far back from where the intersections start. He says this leads to drivers cutting corners and ending up in the wrong lanes, cutting him off as he attempts left turns.More>>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KLAS. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.