INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Jan. 27 2015) -- Complaints about IRS scams are skyrocketing.
Numbers just in from the Federal Trade Commission show tax-related identity theft is now the most reported form of the very personal crime, and IRS scam complaints rose more than 2300 percent in 2014.
More scammers are reaching victims on their cell phones, claiming they owe the IRS money. Some of the criminals threaten jail time if you don't pay-up, while others say you're the one getting money back. “They will call you or email you and say 'Hey, you did your taxes wrong and we owe you more money,' and they want you to give them a checking account number. Well, when you give them a checking account number, they get in your account and take money out,” said Deputy Prosecutor Cindy Oetjen, of the Marion County Prosecutors Office.
The Marion County Prosecutor’s Office is hosting free fraud protection forums. The events are geared towards helping seniors, since seniors are hit more often by scammers, but the information can help anyone.
Upcoming "Power Against Fraud" seminars:
- Wednesday, January 28 at 2 p.m. at Brownsburg Meadows - 7133 Meadow Trail, Brownsburg, IN.
- Thursday, January 29 at 2 p.m. at Rosewalk Assisted Living Apartments - 1301 N. Ritter Ave., Indianapolis, IN.
More than 1,300 Hoosiers have reported IRS scam attempts to the Attorney General’s office as well. For more information on tips and ways to report suspicious calls, contact their office here or the Marion County Prosecutors office here.