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AG Rutledge issues urgent warning about 'robocall' IRS phone scam

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie has issued an urgent warning after her office received a large number of reports of IRS scam phone calls. (Photo Courtesy: MGN Online)

The office of Arkansas Attorney General Leslie has received a number of calls from Arkansans reporting scam phone calls from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) demanding money.

"The IRS is never going to call you unsolicited," said Attorney General Rutledge. "The IRS will send you letter on top of letter. This is a common scam that is hitting more and more Arkansans the closer it gets to tax day."

AG Rutledge Arkansas Attorney General Leslie has issued an urgent warning for Arkansans after receiving reports about these robocalls, which allows them to call more people. The scammers are reportedly posing as IRS workers, who threaten those they call with arrest if they don't pay what they purportedly owe.

Rutledge reminds Arkansans that the IRS will never call and demand payment, require taxes be paid in a certain way, ask for credit or debit card numbers or threaten to bring police or other agencies to make an arrest for unpaid taxes.

Arkansans who receive these threatening calls are told to not give out any personal information and hang up immediately. They should then contact the U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at (800) 366-4484 to report the call and file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission. Any scam e-mails can also be forwarded to phishing@irs.gov.

Anyone with questions about owed taxes can contact their office directly at (800) 829-1040.

For more information about other common scams and consumer-related issues, contact the Arkansas Attorney General's office at (800) 482-8982 or consumer@ArkansasAG.gov or visit ArkansasAG.gov or facebook.com/AGLeslieRutledge.


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