IRS phone scam continues to grow in Indiana

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (August 7, 2015)– The IRS phone scam is growing in Indiana as con artists pretending threatening to throw you in jail continue to steal thousands of dollars from unsuspecting Hoosiers.

According to the Attorney General’s office, the IRS scam is now the number one phone scam in the entire state.

In this scam, people pretending to work for the Internal Revenue Service and threaten to throw you in jail if you don’t pay up.

Johnson County Sheriff Doug Cox received three reports of the fake phone call in just one day, which is not usual.

“I suspect that being that we had three people that made these reports that there’s probably many more people that had this scam attempted on them yesterday,” he said.

Nearly 1,100 complaints about the IRS scam were reported to the Attorney General’s office last year.

This year, the state has already surpassed that number with 1,500 complaints reported just through August.

So why is this scam working so much better than other phone scams?

“There must be a certain amount of fear about the internal revenue service,” said Attorney General Greg Zoeller. “Quite frankly just the name alone sends some people into panic. And they really need you to panic so you’re not thinking clearly.”

He said he has been trying to fight these scam artists, but he needs more help at the federal level.

“Congress needs to help the states have more resources. We’re stuck in this position where the FCC limits our ability to stop the robo calls. Some of these mass marketing tools are really the ones that allow much more access than otherwise should be available.”

He reminds everyone, the IRS will never call people about their unpaid taxes.

If you think you’ve already fallen victim, you need to call the Attorney General’s office and report it.