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.