DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Since April 15, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office has received more than 50 reports of tax-related scams from consumers across the state.
Most do not report losing money, but a few have reported losing hundreds, and even thousands of dollars.
In a typical variation of the ploy, a con artist calls you claiming to represent the IRS. The caller says you owe money for back taxes or are under investigation for tax fraud. Then the caller asks you to send money using a prepaid card to correct the issue. Once the money is sent, it’s nearly impossible to recover.
The phone number that appears on the consumer’s caller ID may have a 202 – which is a Washington DC area code, but that number generally made up and the caller is likely located outside the country.
To guard against the scams, be wary of callers who say:You owe back taxes.
- You are being investigated for tax fraud.
- The government is going to seize your money or property.
- You will be arrested if you don’t pay.
- You must provide information about your tax return.
To report a potential scam or unfair business practice, your should contact the Ohio Attorney General’s Office at 800-282-0515 or log onto www.OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov.